Accidental Dealer

“Are You An Accidental Dealer?” is a community campaign to raise awareness for the need to properly safeguard your over-the-counter and prescription medications. The presentation – targeting parents, grandparents and caregivers – is available for groups and organizations.

An analysis of data from the 2013-14 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (most current available) found that 69.9% of teens and young adults who report abuse of prescription medications are getting them from friends, family and acquaintances – often by stealing them from home medicine cabinets. This is particularly worrisome, especially since the average age of first-time drug use in southern and eastern Kentucky is age 11.