According to the recent National Institute on Drug Abuse survey of teen students in the United States, illicit drug use among teenagers has continued at high rates. In 2012 alone, 14.8 percent of high school seniors used a prescription drug non-medically. The most commonly abused drugs were Adderall and the pain reliever Vicodin. So how should we talk to our children about drugs to help them avoid abuse? NBC Latino contributor Dr. Joseph Sirven shares five helpful tips.
Dr. Joseph Sirven is a first-generation Cuban-American. He is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology and was past Director of Education for Mayo Clinic Arizona. He is editor-in-chief of epilepsy.com and has served U.S. and global governmental agencies including the Institute of Medicine, NASA, FAA, NIH and CDC.