How to Discuss Opioids with Your Teenager
There is a national opioid crisis. While some opioids such as heroin are illegal, there are many opioids including hydrocodone, oxycodone and morphine that are prescribed by health care providers to treat pain. Misuse of prescription drugs is among the fastest growing drug problem among teenagers. Many students in high school are experimenting with opioids, and there is a risk of addiction. Many parents prefer not to think that their teenagers are at risk of drug use, but unfortunately, one out of every eight in high school are using opioids for non-medical reasons.
The best prevention for opioid misuse is by talking to your children from a young age. Below is a guide to help parents to know where to start.