A 2009 survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that prescription drug abuse is on the rise, with 20% of teens saying they have taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription. And almost 50% of teens believe that prescription drugs are much safer than illegal street drugs—60% to 70% say that home medicine cabinets are their source of drugs.
VIDEO: How alcohol affects your developing central nervous system. Calling all teachers, school counselors, school nurses and parents - this is one part of a 9-video series developed to teach middle school students the affects alcohol has on the brain. After viewing the video, visit asklistenlearn.org to download free lesson plans and activities to help educate 5th and 6th grade children on how to say no to underage drinking and yes to a healthy lifestyle.