Teens To Teens

When you're a teen, sometimes it feels like the only one who understands you is another teen. Your friends know what you’re dealing with – like you, we face the daily pressures from school, friends, and family.

As representatives of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education’s (D.A.R.E.’s) Youth Advisory Board, we are sharing our blog where we talk about various drug issues that we experience in our schools and communities.

What is D.A.R.E?

D.A.R.E. is a substance abuse prevention education program that is taught in more than 70% of the nation’s school districts. The D.A.R.E. Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is made up of 50 members, one student per state, who have gone through the D.A.R.E. program at their school. They advise D.A.R.E. America, government, and community leaders on drug and violence prevention strategies that benefit youth. Five YAB members have volunteered to participate in DEA’s Teens to Teens Blog.

Monthly Post

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs

MAY 28, 2013



Whenever someone gets sick they usually buy over-the-counter (OTC) medicine at a local store or see a doctor for a prescription medication (RX). You also have to be 18 to purchase certain types of medication. When you go to the doctor and they see that you are very sick, they prescribe medication with the correct dose for your age and health condition. Doctors know how much to give you for your own safety. Some of these medications are painkillers. It surprises me that people abuse prescription medication even if it is not prescribed for them. Abuse of over-the-counter or prescription drugs can produce serious health effects and addiction.

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