Educate yourself on drugs—October 8, 2010
The Drug Enforcement Agency recently made an effort to collect and discard of leftover medicines in homes across the country, setting up “take-back” drop-off sites nationwide. This was an attempt to fight a growing drug problem, where kids try to get high not on illegal street drugs but on prescription drugs they find in friend’s or their own medicine cabinets.
The DEA also recently asked the FDA to figure out how the government could stop the abuse of over the counter drugs. The FDA panel looked into regulating the purchase of OTC cold and cough medicines that contain dextromethorphan. Adults now need to be aware of which of these medicines may be in their own homes and how they can help to prevent this type of abuse.
People can educate themselves about substance abuse including abuse of prescription and OTC medicines. Two books, “Over-the-Counter Drugs” by Johanna Knowles and “Abusing Over the Counter Drugs” by Kim Ettingoff cover what drugs are abused and the dangers of OTC drug abuse. You can test your drug knowledge with the book “Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy” by Cynthia Kuhn. “Choices and Consequences: What to Do When a Teenager Uses Alcohol/Drugs” by Dick Shaefer educates the reader about the teen brain, how teens think, and the stresses in their lives. The author presents a practical step by step approach to determining if there is a problem and how to set boundaries and consequences for bad choices.
Relatives of addicts, especially parents, tend to blame themselves for a loved one’s addictions. “Don't Let Your Kids Kill You: A Guide for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicted Children” by Charles Rubin offers support for parents who have struggled with an addicted child. For more support, check out “The New Codependency Book: Help and Guidance for Today’s Generation” by Melody Beattie. Beattie is one of the most recommended self-help authors writing about addiction and recovery.
Books for the young adult seeking self-help and support include “The Big Book Unplugged: A young person’s guide to Alcoholics Anonymous” by John R. and “Young, Sober and Free” by Shelly Marshall. These books offer the personal narratives of people who have struggled with addictions and are meant to inspire and encourage others in their recovery.
Visit the “Links” page www.hastings.lib.ne.us/links.html on our website for more resources. You will find informative sites listed under the subjects “Medical/Mental Health” or “Parenting.” Whether you want to educate yourself or need self-help resources about substance abuse be sure to visit the Hastings Public Library.