Opiate Prevention and Resources
While our most recent data shows that most youth are not abusing prescription drugs or heroin, it is an issue that requires relentless vigilance, communication and education. A recent study by New York University found that 75% of high school seniors who use heroin previously used prescription opioids in a ‘non-medical fashion’. Opioid abuse and the tragic consequences that are often coupled with it are terrifying.
Education and communication are the KEYS to prevention. Please use the links provided below for more information and helpful resources.
Live Stories from MA Health Officers Association – Tri-Town Opioid Dashboard
Tri-Town Council and Boxford & Topsfield Board of Health Rx Drug Abuse: Get The Facts
Digging Deeper. 4 documentaries about heroin addiction – click on links below to view.
Learn to Cope is a peer-led support network for families dealing with addiction and recovery.
https://www.na.org/ – Narcotics Anonymous
http://www.rehabcenter.net/aa-big-book/ – Ultimate Guide to The Big Book (AA)
http://www.smartrecovery.org – Smart Recovery
http://ma-al-anon-alateen.org/ – Al-Anon and Alateen
http://www.nar-anon.org – Nar-anon (support for families)
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence– How to help a loved one struggling with the disease of addiction