Muskingum Behavioral Health is reminding parents to keep tabs on their teenagers this summer.
Executive Director Steve Carrel said when young people are unsupervised, they are more likely to use drugs and alcohol. He said prescription painkillers are becoming an epidemic across the country.
"In the last ten years, nationwide we’ve seen a 350% increase in unintentional overdoses from painkillers," said Carrel. "It’s definitely a deadly problem that we have."
Carrel said that part of the problem is summer programs usually target younger children. He said a job can bring structure to a teen’s life.
"Anybody that’s employed feels better about themselves," said Carrel. "Study after study shows that. Even if it’s a job you don’t like, you feel better about yourself because you’ve got income and it’s not dead time."
Substance abuse treatment is available at Muskingum Behavioral Health.