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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens, prescription drugs are the fourth most misused drug among teens—behind tobacco, alcohol and marijuana.

Test your knowledge of the dangers of prescription drugs.

Don’t be fooled by these myths!

MYTH: Prescription drug abuse never starts with legitimate use

Some teens are prescribed prescription drugs by their doctor—many times to deal with physical pain such as a sports injury. Studies show that increases the chance of addiction later in life. If your child is in pain and a doctor is prescribing prescription pain killers, there are other options.

MYTH: Online pharmacies are just a cheaper way to buy prescriptions

According to a review by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), only about 5% of the 22,000 websites they surveyed complied with NABP standards, safety protocols and applicable laws. Since getting drugs from a non-compliant website can be very dangerous, they’ve made a database of legitimate and illegitimate online pharmacies.

MYTH: Flushing old pills down the toilet is the best way to dispose of them

While it’s important to remove unused drugs from your home, flushing them down the toilet contaminates the water supply. Many locations offer permanent drug disposal boxes.

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