National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse

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Involved Parents
Students Protect Friends
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There are a number of ways that parents can both prevent and recognize a problem with prescription drugs. These fall into three main categories:

  1. Educate yourselves.
  2. Ensure your home is safe from prescription drugs.
  3. Look out for warning signs of prescription drug abuse.


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Following are ways you can keep yourself and your friends safe:

  1. Form friendships with people who aren't using prescription drugs.
  2. Avoid parties or other social situations where drugs will be included.
  3. If you find yourself in a situation where a friend has taken prescription drugs, watch over them closely until you know for sure they are OK.


The goal of NCAPDA is to create awareness of the dangers caused by prescription drug abuse.

Signs of Abuse

Recognize these signs of substance abuse:
  • Changes in mood or attitudes
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Curfew violations
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Lack of personal grooming
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low energy
  • Missing work/school
  • Slurred speech
  • Unexplained weight loss/weight gain
  • Unusual temper outbursts


Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Treatment Referral Helpline
1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Contact Us

Phone: 925-480-7723



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