It is important to get your “Dose of Reality” about the risks and dangers of using prescription painkillers, as well as the signs of misuse, before it becomes a problem for you or your loved ones.
Young people ages 12-25 are a very high-risk group for misusing opioids. While Middle and High School addiciton rates thankfully remain low overall in Florida according to the most recent Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey for 2018, there are still too many of our children reporting using prescription drugs without a prescription, or differently than how they were prescribed.
If you notice one of your students or athletes has begun losing interest in school or their sport, or both, or just generally withdrawn, depressed, hostile or fatigued for no apparent reason, it is important to know that while these behaviors are not atypical for teens, they are very often strong indicators for substance misuse.
Educators and coaches can pick up on other signs that could mean your student or athlete is at risk:
Use these Talking Points to discuss the dangers of opioid misuse with your students/athletes.