Professor warns of the dangers of Skittles parties

Professor Victoria Richards

Professor Victoria Richards

Long Island, N.Y. leaders this week denounced an alarming trend in which teenagers raid their parents’ medicine cabinets for painkillers and serve them at gatherings commonly known as “Skittles parties.”

Victoria Richards, a drug expert and associate professor of medical sciences in the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, is available to discuss the dangers of Skittles parties.

“Prescription pain medications definitely should be secured in the home, and attention should not be drawn to their presence,” said Richards. “Hydrocodone combination products are schedule III controlled substances, but there are recommendations that they be reclassified as schedule II controlled substances, which would further restrict their prescribing.”

She said to refill a schedule II controlled substance, a patient has to return to the physician for an office visit rather than calling or faxing a prescription refill request.

According to Newsday, Skittles parties have been reported by addiction experts and law enforcement officials in several states during the past decade, but Wednesday was the first public acknowledgment of a local problem by Long Island officials.

To speak to Richards, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office) .

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