Why do parents need opioid education and awareness?
Safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal of prescription medications create a safer environment for everyone.
Sources Where Pain Reliever Was Obtained for Most Recent Misuse
of those aged 12 and older who misused prescription relievers in the past year were given by, bought from, or took the substance from a friend or relative
Prevention Needs Parents to Start the Conversation
TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR
TALK TO YOUR CHILD
Parents play key roles in furthering safe and informed decisions from adolescents. It is necessary for parents to understand Rx painkillers and be willing to have the appropriate conversations with their children about these drugs. An emphasis on safe storage and safe disposal of opioids in the household will create a safer environment for everyone. Parents should talk extensively to their doctor or healthcare provider and question any medications that are prescribed to learn the benefits & drawbacks of use. There are often many non-opioid pain management alternatives available.