Tips for Teens
For tips on… how to party safely by avoiding:
- Prescription drug misuse/abuse
- Binge drinking
- Drunk driving
- Unprotected sex
- Drug overdose
- Drink spiking
- Sexual assault
- Getting arrested
Tips to avoid driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Stay smart and speak up. Remember that the effects of drugs and alcohol last for hours. Even if your friends haven’t had a drink in a while, it could still be dangerous for them to drive. If you are in a healthy state of mind and have your driver’s license with you, ask for the keys and get the group home safely.
- Find another ride. Try to find sober friends to give you a lift.
- Call someone to pick you up. Okay, so you might not want to call Mom or Dad to get you from a party, but chances are they’ll be happier that you called them rather than put yourself in a dangerous situation. You could also call another family member or trusted adult.
- Crash at the host’s house. If possible, wait it out until morning and stay put. Just make sure to let someone know where you are and that you are safe.
- The BEST advice: Plan ahead. If you know people will be drinking, pick a designated driver before you head out. Better yet, throw your own booze and drug free bash
Tips to Be SMARxT!
- Only use prescription( Rx) or over the counter (OTC) medications as directed by your medical professional.
- Never share your medications.
- Dismiss the pressure! If it seems that “everyone else” is abusing Rx and OTC drugs, they’re not.
- In terms of abuse, prescription drugs are not safe alternatives to street drugs.
- Addiction can occur just as easily with Rx drugs as it does with street drugs.
- Possessing a Rx drug without a prescription is illegal and a felony offense (punishable by jail time).