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Talk with your kids about the dangers of prescription opioids.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), young adults, ages 18 to 25, are the biggest abusers of prescription opioid pain relievers and other prescription drugs. Most kids get opioids from a friend or a parent’s medicine cabinet. In addition to talking with your kids about these drugs, you should always dispose of unused opioid medications to keep your family safe.

Tips on talking with your child about prescription opioid use:

  • Reinforce that opioids can cause an overdose with just one use.
  • Stick to the facts — threats and scare tactics aren’t effective.
  • Have regular, nonjudgmental conversations with your child or teen.
  • Use positive reinforcement to boost your child’s self-confidence.
  • Talk with your child when he or she can pay attention — not while being distracted (i.e., watching TV, playing video games, or texting friends).
  • Know the kids your children hang out with and talk about their friends. Keep the conversation open about how they’re spending their free time.
  • Make sure your child knows there are consequences.
  • Talk with your child about saying no.

Resources

10 Things Parents Can Do to Keep Kids Safe from Addiction

A detailed guide that includes specific actionable steps to take to help your kids avoid the dangers of alcohol addiction and drug abuse

10 Things Parents Can Do Youth information