ES-M PTOs address dangers of drugs

On top of a legal issue, there's also a civil component, Ware said.

An example? If Johnny gives Matt a pill and Matt takes a pill and becomes sick, he's going to get arrested, but he may also get sued by the parents of sick child as well as the medical provider.

Medications such as Tylenol and other over-the-counter drugs warrant a different charge, more along the line of endangering the welfare of a child.

At the start of the meeting, parents watched Clueless, a video produced by Prevention Network that emphasizes the consequences of drinking and drugs.

It's not just alcohol and those other kinds of drugs that [parents] have to worry about, said Beth Hurney, director of youth and parenting for Prevention Network. Prescription drugs are in everybody's home. They're equally as dangerous [as cocaine or heroine].

Hurney said research showed that teens report there's a misconception that prescription and over-the-counter drugs are not as dangerous as street drugs.

That's completely false, Hurney said. A single dose in the wrong hands could be lethal.

What you can do

Educate yourselves and our kids about the potential dangers of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Safeguard your medicine cabinet.

Talk with your children about the inappropriate use of prescription drugs and the dangers that can result.

Monitor the prescription drugs in your home and keep them in a secure place.

To learn more about preventing youth prescription drug abuse, long on to antidrug.com.

New York State Penal Law Sections


Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree

A person is guilty of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree when he knowingly and unlawfully sells a controlled substance. This is a class D felony.


Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree

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