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Why injury? It's this simple: more children die from injuries every year than from the next three leading causes of death combined. Nobody knows this because no one is talking about it. In the U.S., one child dies every hour from an injury that could have been prevented. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds as the result of an injury. You don’t need to have a child to know that we can do better.

 

"Teen-proof" Your Medications

End Injury

" Meds " by Charles Williams  (CC BY 2.0)

"Meds" by Charles Williams (CC BY 2.0)

Vicodin. Percocet. Hydrocodone. Oxy-contin. Words I never thought I would need to worry about all that much. Yes, I knew what they were. I’d even been given prescriptions for them after surgery. I took one and it made me nauseous, so the pills got put in a cabinet in the bathroom and forgotten.

That is, forgotten until the day I got the call from the high school saying my 14-year-old daughter had been caught with hydrocodone and Oxy-contin pills in her backpack. There had to be a mistake. My daughter is a “good kid” in a highly-rated school system. I know all her friends (and their parents). I’ve always been open and honest when communicating with my kids about hard topics like bullying, drinking, and drugs.

I want to be able to trust my kids, but I have to remember that they’re still kids, even if sometimes they look, talk, and act like adults. Teens’ brains thrive on risk-taking and acting impulsively, so as a parent, I need to “teen-proof” my house to keep them safe, just like I “baby-proofed” my house when they were born. In this case, it means keeping all the medications in my house under lock and key or getting rid of them if we’re not using them.

In many states, poisoning from prescription pain medication is now the greatest source of injury and death for teens. We owe it to our kids to protect them through all stages of development, even the teen years. I never thought one of my kids would fall to temptation, but she did, and so could yours. Take action today: lock up your medications or dispose of them safely.

This post is courtesy of a reader who asked to remain anonymous. End Injury thanks her for sharing her story.

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