All About Opiates
Whether misused as prescribed or bought on the black market, opioids are addicting and killing Americans at record rates.
The Centers for Disease control reports:
- In 2015, more than 15,000 Americans died from overdoses involving prescription opioids.
- In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids.
- Approximately 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids long term for noncancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction.
- Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for not using prescription opioids as directed.
It’s also important for parents to understand that youth who use alcohol, tobacco and marijuana are at significantly higher risk of using other drugs, including opiates such as heroin.
In 2015 more than 52,000 people died from a drug overdose. Of those, 33,091 — 63.1 percent — involved a prescription or illicit opioid.
Source: Centers for Disease Control
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Resources for families
- Clearing the Haze: Helping Families Face Teen Addiction
- Reefer Sanity: 7 Great Myths About Marijuana
- Marijuana Debunked: A Handbook for Parents, Pundits and Politicians Who Want to Know the Case Against Legalization
- A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction
Addiction Treatment for Adolescents
These links are not program endorsements. However, these programs may be a helpful start for your search.
- Substance Abuse Treatment, Education and Prevention – Denver Health
- ARTS – University of Colorado
- The Cornerstone Program