What can you do to protect your children from prescription drug addiction?
Today, prescription opioids are killing 1 adult or child every 12.5 minutes, here in the USA. It is now the #1 cause of accidental death. It’s preventable. More people are dying from opioid overdose than from car accidents and shootings combined. This is SERIOUS! No child is immune, no matter what you think.
Here are some things that you could do to protect your children…….
- Talk to your child about the risks of substance abuse… especially opioids. Learn and teach them the brand names, generic names, and street names for all drugs.
- Search out prescription alternatives to manage any conditions or injuries your child has.
- Monitor, secure under lock & key and properly dispose of any an all prescription drugs that are in your home. Tell family & friends to do the same. Many children, unknown to family members, will steel prescription drugs from grandparents, aunts & uncles and from the homes of friends. Awareness is key!
- Learn and understand the signs of opioid abuse (pinpoint pupils, fatigue, apathy, weight loss, weight gain, drug paraphernalia, child wanting to wear long sleeves to cover up needle marks, grades going down, hanging out with the wrong set of friends, runny nose, etc.)
- If you find out that your child is using, have him or her evaluated immediately and enroll him in an evidence based program (preferably, in our opinion, one that is NON12 steps). The sooner you intervene, the better your child’s chances for survival. Of course, faith based is best.
- Have access to Naloxone (Narcan). Keep it on hand in case of an overdose. Learn how to use it. It will save your child’s life!
- Don’t forget about YOU. Love yourself and take care of yourself. You are no good to your child if you fall apart. Get counseling. Seek advocacy. Get individualized support. You can also network with other parents as a ‘watch committee’.