Messages for Youth

Are you wondering what you can do to help friends involved in prescription drug abuse?

  • Get informed – Educate yourself about opioid, medication safety, the risks and signs of overdose. Prescription medications are dangerous and addictive and should only be taken under a doctor’s guidance.
  • Understand your own risk Understanding what factors may enhance a person’s risk for drug addiction is useful. A wide variety of factors could be the lead to drug addiction, such as taking a highly addictive drug (prescription medication, cocaine or other stimulants), family history of addiction, having a mental disorder (depression, ADHD, PTSD), anxiety, loneliness, peer pressure etc. (Mayo Clinic – Drug Addiction)
  • Get help – Talk to an adult, a parent, a teacher, a coach, a guidance counselor, a school nurse or call the national Talk line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For additional information, visit NIDA for Teens and check out additional local and national resources on our website.