Butte police are warning families that prescription drug abuse in kids as young at 13 is on the rise and want to teach them how to solve the problem.
Local law enforcement along with health officials and Butte schools hosted a meeting Monday night to educate families about prescription drug abuse.
"We never had to worry about drugs like this scared to death of that stuff you know, but I came here because I wanted information," Butte parent and grandparent Lori Rozan said.
Lori Rozan like several other parents and community members said she's concerned about the recent increase in teens and young adults abusing prescription drugs and street drugs like molly a form of ecstasy.
?There's a lot of people probably using prescriptive drugs or illegal drugs that they probably don't know the impacts. We've seen some young people be hospitalized, last year there was a death in the community," Community Health Center C.E.O. Cindy Stergar said.
Experts from the community health center and Butte law enforcement explained how kids are getting the prescription drugs and street drugs.
They?re obtaining the drugs through dealers, friends and even taking them from parents and grandparents.
They said they're using them for parties like raves and fishbowl parties.
Fishbowl parties are where drugs are dropped into a bowl and kids simply reach in and grab some not even knowing what they're taking.
According to police all of these parties are on the rise.
During the meeting experts addressed how to identify signs and symptoms of someone who is abusing drugs.
They said to look out for changing functions like mood swings, changes in diet, sleeping and in friends and interests.
They also talked about how the community can get involved to prevent the spreading of prescription drugs.
They said folks can reducing accessibility by locking them away, logging prescriptions, and participating in drug take backs.
"I think it's really important that people understand this is preventable and all of us have a piece in it," Stergar said.
Experts said the best way to help is staying informed, talking with your kids, and be involved with their lives and teach them about drugs.
"Why hide this under a rug I mean it's out there people talk about it, they need to know what they're getting into," Rozan said.
The next community health alert meeting is at the Butte Archives Wed. at 5:45 p.m.
On Saturday there will be a drug take back at the Butte Plaza Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.