Students are back in school and they aren't using NoDoz to get ahead

Uncategorized Sep 25, 2018

Have your high school or college students mentioned the prevalence of "study drugs" on their campus? I've written previously about the tragic impact of opioid abuse and what to consider before filling a prescription for teens. We need to talk about the misuse of prescription stimulants with the students in our lives, as well.

Millions, including my son, are prescribed stimulant medications for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). His brain chemistry requires it in conjunction with other tools to be successful. It turns out many students are self-medicating without the benefit of physician monitoring to avoid the side effects of these controlled substances.

These stimulants are Schedule II drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. They include amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Adderall, Adderall XR, and generics), methylphenidate (Concerta, Methylin, Methylin ER, Metadate CD, Ritalin, Ritalin SR, Ritalin LA, and generics), and lisdexamfetamine...
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The wisdom of saying "No" to Norco and other opioids for your teen

Uncategorized Jul 31, 2018

My children got teeth at 3 months, putting them on the earlier side of the teenage rite-of-passage of wisdom teeth removal. My son's younger age (15) and the logistics of scheduling - after summer school, but before vacation and football tryouts - were top of mind in the oral surgeon’s office. That morning I was “pragmatic-we’ve-already-lived-through-this-once-let’s-get-it-over-with-working-mom.” Before I knew it, the surgery was scheduled, and we were out the door with pre and post-op instructions and prescriptions (handed to me by the front desk) to fill prior to surgery. 

Later, as I sorted through the paperwork, I caught myself staring at 3 prescriptions. How was it that I gave more thought to the family calendar than to discussing pain relief with the surgeon? I considered myself well-versed on the opioid epidemic and initiatives to limit the number of pills in the ecosystem to curb abuse. I incorrectly assumed that as a result...

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Documents 18-Year-Olds Should Sign By Labor Day

Uncategorized Jul 10, 2018

A year ago, @BenefitsLady was wrapping up final details to send my eldest off to college. Having finalized the Bed Bath & Beyond College Order, we were set to pick up our items across the country move-in weekend. The finish line was near. And then it wasn’t.

A peer (also up to her eyeballs in college prep) relayed a parental nightmare about a friend’s son who was hospitalized out-of-state during college. The parents couldn’t get any information for several days about his condition because he was 18. She asked me if I’d had my daughter sign releases in case of an emergency at school. Um, no. That hadn’t made it on the list.

When she turned 18 a few months prior, my attention was on the “Adult” All-Access Pass she now had to vote, get her ears double pierced without mom present, purchase a lottery ticket and skydive. She signed away her rights (pictured here and posted with permission) and jumped out of a plane on her actual...

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