What Parents Should Know

In segment five, a parent guide, Antonio Neves talks with teens, parents, and medical experts on parents' role in stopping abuse of prescription pain medicines.


  1. What are the three types of prescription drugs that are commonly abused by young adults?
  2. In the absence of a genuine medical condition and without the advice of a physician the introduction of a non-prescribed drug into the nervous system of a child or teen at this point in the brain's development is taking a huge risk. Why?
  3. Examine the three major myths about prescription drug abuse and the key concepts of media literacy in order to help deconstruct messages that may influence your children.



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