The Mommies Network recently spoke with Executive Director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, Dr. Carmen Catizone, about the dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse. Dr. Catizone is the Executive Director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and a licensed pharmacist. He currently serves as a Governor of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Board of Directors and Chair of the PTCB Certification Council. Dr. Catizone is regularly called to serve as an expert witness for the US Government in the areas of pharmacy practice and regulation on both the state and national level issues.
TMN: Are pill sharing parties real or just a good storyline for tv shows?
Dr. Catizone: Unfortunately, pill sharing parties, often referred to as “Pharm parties,” do occur among teenagers. Teens bring whatever pills they can obtain and dump them together—the pills are taken by the handful, sometimes along with alcohol, and there is a high potential for drug-drug interactions and overdose. Incidence of such parties, have been documented in national surveys by anti-drug abuse organizations and by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
An educational slideshow on the AWARxE Web site called “The Road to Nowhere: Prescription Drug Abuse,” provides more information about why teens abuse prescription drugs, and tips for preventing misuse such as involvement in pharm parties.
Dr Catizone: An important step is to talk with teens about the serious dangers of prescription drug abuse. A video recommended by AWARxE, called The Road to Nowhere, tells the story of a teen who experimented with prescription drugs at a party and became addicted to the drugs. A link to the video is available on the AWARxE Get Local Oklahoma page. Teens can visit AWARErx.org for many other resources.
For young children, you can also begin by teaching them about medication safety. FDA has developed a video with tips to help parents teach children how to use medicines safely.
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