Why do parents need opioid education and awareness?

Safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal of prescription medications create a safer environment for everyone.

People Aged 12 and Older Who Misused Opioids in the Past Year
Sources Where Pain Reliever Was Obtained for Most Recent Misuse
From a Friend or Relative For Free
Bought From a Friend or Relative
Took From a Friend or Relative Without Asking

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

Click here to access the most recent data report from SAMHSA and NSDUH. 1

Many adults have reported unsafe storage methods of opioid pain relievers – even in households with children and adolescents. 2, 3, 4

Prevention Needs Parents to Start the Conversation


"Twice as many parents with no provider discussion kept leftover pain pills at home compared to parents whose provider discussed what to do with leftover medication."


"During the last conversation teens had with their parents regarding substance abuse, only 16 percent said they discussed the abuse of prescription pain relievers with their parents."

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.