How To Talk About Opioids With Teens

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It is easy to forget that teenagers are people with their own minds and choices and that we may not necessarily be privy to that information. Teen drug abuse is on the rise though, and more and more parents are shocked to learn this about their kids.

This is why it is important to talk to teenagers about drug abuse and to be frank with them. They should know the risks and dangers and be told more than “just don’t do this”.

So many parents are just adamant that their kid would never use drugs, but that is not so. They might think there is nothing wrong with it, or not tell you what they’re doing. It isn’t just the kids you would expect, the punks who don’t go to school, but it can be your honor roll student as well.

Drugs don’t all come in obvious forms these days. Your teen may not be shooting up heroin, but they could still have an opioid use disorder. Often these days kids don’t realize the dangers of taking prescription drugs.

What Is An Opioid?

The CDC describes the opioid as coming in many forms. It can come as heroin you buy on the street and smoke or inject. It can also come in a prescription form, like hydrocodone pills or other types. These are less scary seeming to your teen.

There are many drugs on the prescription drugs list that can easily be abused. Some of these drugs include:

–    Buprenorphine

–    Codeine

–    Dilaudid

–    Fentanyl

–    Heroin

–    Hydrocodone

–    Oxycodone

–    Morphine

–    Tramadol

Self-medication is more and more common these days especially for teens who may not know how to cope with their feelings or sadness or anger. They may use drugs to try to numb how they feel or help them find joy, and it just isn’t safe.

Talk To Your Teens About Opioids.

Because drugs don’t always show up in baggies sold by sketchy dealers, make sure to educate your kid about what is risky or dangerous.

A doctor prescribing a medication doesn’t mean it is safe, in fact, it means the opposite. It is only safe if taken as prescribed to the person it is meant for, that’s why a doctor has to be the one to recommend it.

Make sure they know about the forms drugs come in and when to say no thank you.