In cities all over the United States the market for drugs is massive. Illegal drugs are in good supply, easily purchased, and quick to destroy lives. In its third season, Drugs, Inc. delves deep into a world where fortunes are made, battles are fought, lives are lost, and no one gets out unscathed.

Even in the most idyllic cities, like Salt Lake City, Utah, drugs have a strong underground market. In a community where prescription pill abuse is among the highest in the U.S, it hasn’t taken long for the Mexican cartel to take advantage of an eager market. In other cities, where crime is rampant and the police force hobbled, such as Oakland, California, the drug market is a free for all. Drugs, Inc’s raw and honest look at the drug epidemic can be frightening, so what can we do at home?

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Founded in 1987, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids translates the science of teen drug use and addiction for families, providing parents with direct support to prevent and cope with teen drug and alcohol abuse.

The problem of prescription drug abuse by teens is growing and The Medicine Abuse Project is one of the Partnership’s major initiatives, specifically working to combat this issue. In conjunction with a wide range of partners, The Medicine Abuse Project aims to prevent half a million teens from abusing medicine within five years.

Many parents are unaware how massive this problem has become. According to the Partnership, more teens are abusing prescription medicine than ever. Findings from the 2012 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, sponsored by MetLife Foundation, revealed that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime. That is an astounding 33 percent increase since 2008.

What We Can Do

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers a variety of tools and a tremendous amount of information on their website. Here are five important things you can do to help prevent your child from abusing prescription drugs.

1. Learn more about teen medicine abuse and share this infographic.

2. Talk to your teen about medicine abuse.

3. Safeguard the medicines in your home.

4. Learn how to properly dispose of medicine in your home, and find a take-back location near you.

5. Take the Pledge to help end medicine abuse.

The more we understand about the drug epidemic and its nuances, the better we’ll be able to help protect our families and loved ones.

Tune in to the next episode of Drugs, Inc.: PCP in DC on Wednesday, July 16 at 9PM et/pt to learn about the drug that haunts our capital and the men and women it effects.