Prevention Education

Being informed helps protect youth...

* In 2014, youth agRx bottleed 12 to 17, or young adults aged 18 to 25, were more likely to misuse prescription drugs in the past year than adults aged 26 or older.

* On an average day during the past year, an average of 5,784 adolescents used prescription pain relievers non-medically for the first time. (Additional information available at

How to talk to your child...

Open conversations between parents and their children are one of the most powerful tools when tackling some of life’s tougher topics. Just figuring out what to say when it comes to the dangers of opioid use can be difficult.

It’s always helpful to keep the conversations open and honest. Come from a place of love during the discussion, even when it becomes difficult.

Teachable moments can arise during a movie or a television show in regards to prescription drugs and misuse. Take advantage of this time to explain that the body can experience a negative impact when misusing these substances and could cause harm.

Explain that prescription medication can be habit-forming, leading to addiction – which can be difficult to recover from. It is important to commend your child for taking care of their body.

Talking with your preteen may be a bit more difficult. Their friends’ opinions are probably becoming very important to them and their parent’s views become a bit more questionable. You can open communication by asking them what they think about drugs in a nonjudgmental, open-ended way to increase your chance of receiving an honest response.

As your child becomes a young adult and prepares to enter the world, you can still guide them through the experience while supporting their independence. Keep communication open as they leave the home. Prescription drug use is on the rise on college campuses, which can be extremely dangerous. Remain an at-home resource for your child as they go off on their own.

What to ask your doctor before taking opioids...

  • Why do I need this medication– is it right for me? Are there non-opioid alternatives that could help with pain relief while I recover?
  • How long should I take this medication?
  • How can I reduce the risk of potential side effects from this medication?
  • What if I have a history of addiction with tobacco, alcohol or drugs?
  • What if I have a history of addiction with tobacco, alcohol or drugs?
  • Could this treatment interact with my other medications?
  • Can I have a prescription for naloxone?
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