teens and prescription drugs

Prescription Drug Abuse

Community-Based Behavioral Health Services

Mental health and substance abuse disorders affect millions of Americans each year, but there are several local organizations that provide hope and healing. If you are in need of behavioral health services, this PDF will show you the organizations in our community that can offer help for your teen and other family members.

Community-Based Behavioral Health Services

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Just Think Twice

You hear all sorts of warnings about what illegal drugs and the misuse of legal drugs can do to you. You might think, “It could happen to others, but it won’t happen to me.” But using drugs can affect your health, your family, social relationships, school performance, and your future.

Sometimes just being around people who use them can have legal, health, social, and financial consequences. Think about it: What can happen when you get in a car with a driver who is high? What can happen when you get pulled over with drugs or paraphernalia in your car?

Consider the Consequences

Just Think Twice website

SAMHSA on Opioids

Get the facts on the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and codeine, and the illegal opioid, heroin.

Opioids are a class of drugs chemically similar to alkaloids found in opium poppies. Historically they have been used as painkillers, but they also have great potential for misuse. The use of illegal opiate drugs such as heroin and the misuse of legally available pain relievers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone can have serious negative health effects. 44 people die every day in the United States from overdose of prescription painkillers.

Opioid Dangers

SAMHSA Opioids

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is committed to helping families struggling with their son or daughter’s substance use. They empower families with information, support and guidance to get the help their loved one needs and deserves. And they advocate for greater understanding and more effective programs to treat the disease of addiction.

Help for Addicted Teens

Partnership for Drug-free Kids website

Power to the Parent

Power to the Parent is here to empower you, to give you the hardcore facts, strategies and information, and to help you get through to your teens. Together we can do this.

Teenagers have their whole life ahead of them. Education and career. Friends and family. One wonderful chapter after another. As parents, there is nothing in our own lives that we will ever do that is as important as making sure our kids have the chance to make that journey. On this website, access information and get inspiration.

Hidden in Plain Sight

Power to the Parent website

The NIDA Blog Team: NIDA for Teens

On average, teens are more likely to take risks than any other age group. Some risks can be good, like going for the final goal of the game with seconds to spare. Other risks aren’t so good, like driving while distracted. In fact, many causes of teen injury and death are linked to taking dangerous risks.

Drugs and health

NIDA for Teens website

National Institute on Drug Abuse for parents

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is to help the public understand the causes of drug abuse and to prevent its onset. Drug abuse has serious consequences in our homes, schools, and communities. From NIDA’s prespective, the use of all illicit drugs and the inappropriate use of licit drugs is considered drug abuse.

Help for parents

NIDA for parents website