Addiction… Grandparents Did You Know?

Addiction Starts in Your Medicine Cabinet

Grandparents! Did You Know That…?

  • Overdose deaths from prescription painkillers have quadrupled from 1999 to 2013, killing more than 16,000 people in the U.S.  SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Vital Statistics System mortality data (2015)
  • More than 60% of teens say prescription pain relievers are easy to get from the medicine cabinet at home, the homes of relatives, or from friends. SOURCE: (2015)
  • Youth who abuse prescription medications are also more likely to report earlier use of other drugs, particularly alcohol and marijuana. SOURCE: National Institute of Drug Abuse (2014)

What Can You Do?

Youth Prescription Drug Abuse – Don’t Ever Think “Not My Grandchild!”

  1. INFORM your grandchildren that taking prescription drugs without a doctor’s supervision is dangerous and potentially lethal. TELL them that the use of marijuana and alcohol can become a pathway to prescription drug addiction. For more information, visit
  1. REMOVE drugs from your medicine cabinet and hide them, or lock them up and properly dispose of expired or unused medications.
  2. SUPERVISE your grandchildren’s Internet use when they visit. Some websites sell dangerous drugs that may not require a prescription.
  3. WARN other family members and friends about the importance of safeguarding medications in the home.

Suspect a Family Member?

Seek help immediately if you suspect you or a family member has a substance abuse problem. Macomb County residents who are enrolled in Medicaid, Healthy Michigan or are low income and uninsured, contact the Macomb County Community Mental Health Services Access Center - 586.948.0222 (collect calls are accepted) or contact the Crisis Center at 586.307.9100.