Just because you can buy over the counter drugs legally, doesn’t make them safe. It’s easy for kids to get their hands on over-the-counter drugs at pharmacies, grocery stores or convenience stores. You don’t need a prescription, and they’re not expensive. Most of the pills and liquids that are abused are used to treat symptoms of common colds, headaches or pain. When taken as prescribed on the packaging, they are safe. But when they’re taken to get “high,” it can be very dangerous, and even deadly. Oftentimes kids mix OTC drugs with alcohol, which is even more dangerous. It’s important to talk to your teens about your expectations and consequences, because when you talk, they listen.