Health Care Providers
One in six teenagers has used a prescription medicine to get high. Health care providers are in a powerful position to prevent this growing and devastating problem. The Medicine Abuse Project includes information for you to use with your teenage patients and their parents, as well as any patients for whom you may prescribe medicine. Providers of all specialties will find useful tools and resources below to help make this sensitive issue easier to bring up and discuss with patients. By learning more about how to reduce the supply of medicine available for diversion, screening your patients for substance abuse and advising your patients to monitor, safeguard and properly dispose of unused medicine, you can play an important role in preventing medicine abuse. Below is a wide variety of useful materials about medicine abuse for you and your patients.