Opioid Facts For Parents

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OPIOIDS?

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine, and many others. These drugs are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain. Regular use—even as prescribed by a doctor—can lead to dependence and, when misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to overdose incidents and deaths (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2018).

 

IS YOUR CHILD AT RISK?

Most prescription narcotics used by high-school seniors are obtained through a friend or relative—not through a prescription.

(Discovery Education, Division of Discovery Communications LLC, 2017).

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Trust your instincts, you know your child best

Talk to your teen

        WATCH FOR THOSE SIGNS

(Discovery Education, Division of Discovery Communications LLC, 2017)

 MONITOR

 

Teens who are supervised by their parents and have strong bonds with their parents are less likely to misuse or abuse drugs.

STORE PROPERLY

DISPOSE

REACH OUT FOR HELP

TO LERN MORE VISIT THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES:

https://www.dea.gov/pr/multimedia-library/publications/DEA_Prescription-For-Disaster_508ver.pdf

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/preventing-drug-abuse-among-children-adolescents/

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