Signs of Early Addiction

  • Change in appearance, losing weight
  • Children wearing the same clothes everyday
  • Neglecting responsibilities 
  • Avoiding the most important people in their lives
  • Small amounts of money coming up missing 
  • Asking for odd increments of money at strange times of the day
    • If you say "NO" does their behavior become combative?
  • Catching them in lies
  • Absent or tardy to school
  • Grades are dropping
  • Change in peer group and/or activities  

Prevention

  • Create an open dialogue with frequent communication and active listening
  • Know your child's friends and their parents
  • Be aware of resources in your community
  • Monitor attendance and grades at school
  • Monitor social media

You can help prevent medication abuse and misuse in your community. If you have prescription or over-the-counter and other unused medicines, these drop boxes are a safe, effective and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of them. Several drop boxes are conveniently located around your county, click here to find the location nearest you!