7 Ways to Safeguard Your Medicine Cabinet

Beware the drug dangers at home

Big boys. Chill pills. Tranqs. Skittles. Your teen may get all these drugs—and more—not from the street, but from your own home. They're slang terms for prescription and over-the-counter medications, which a disturbing number of young people are using to get high. Take these steps to protect your child.

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