Friday, March 5, 2010

Sue Scheff: Dangerous Games Teen Play - Fishbowl Party aka Pharm Parties

Raising teenagers today is one of the most challenging jobs a parent can have. From the Rainbow Game, to Trunking, to The Choking Game, to Bagging, to SNAP.... it can be literally impossible to keep up with it all. However as a responsible parent, we have to try to stay in tune with all these games and let's add another to the list.

Fishbowl Parties also know as Pharm Parties are a serious concern for parents. At these parties, teens will drop an array of pills into a bowl, then pass around the trail mix for the party goers to graze. Where are they getting these prescription drugs? Usually in their home medicine cabinet or even their grandparents medicine cabinet!

Dr. Drew Pinsky warns against this craze. Learn about Dr. Drew's RX Locker and keep your children safe. Dr. Drew recommends that parents clean out their medicine cabinets and throw away old prescription painkillers. "Never say, not my kid! Get those pills out of your medicine cabinet, talk to your kids," he advises.

As the problem of prescription drug abuse among young people continues to increase, parents need to be aware of fishbowl and/or pharm parties and the dangers of them.

Communication is key, start talking today about these concerns. You could potentially save a life.

Florida Department of Children and Families offers an extensive website and resources on substance abuse in the state of Florida.

Watch the informational video and read more on Examiner.

Be an educated parent, you will have safer and healthier teens.

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