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Adolescents – Patient and Family Resources

Patient and family resources for adolescents dealing with pain, support for adolescents misusing opioids, and parent-child conversations on drug use. 

Please note: The first step in talking to adolescents and teens about their opioid use or abuse/misuse is to speak in a non-judgmental way. Conversations with children/teens flow best when it naturally occurs. Listen if a child/teen talks to you, ask if they’ve thought about what they might need to get better, make sure to keep things confidential, unless it is life threatening, and do not minimize how they are feeling.

For 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or for the Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741741.

Resources for Parents

What You Should Know & What You Can Do

Preventing Teen Drug Use: Risk Factors & Why Teens Use

  • Visit this site to learn about common biological and environmental risk factors to watch out for in determining whether your child may be a greater risk for addiction, and learn about key factors that influence teens decisions to use drugs.

When Opioid Pain Relievers Are Prescribed For Your Child: What You Should Know

  • This site provides a brief snap shot of what questions to ask when a healthcare provider recommends or prescribes a pain reliever for your child, and how to be sure that your child takes the medication as prescribed without misusing it or sharing it with others.

Operation Prevention –Parent Toolkit

  • For more in depth information, review this 52-page toolkit to gain knowledge on opioids, how medications work, myths and facts on the topic, resources, the common signs of potential opioid misuse and abuse in children and teenagers, and discussion starters.

NIDA: Opioids: Facts Parents Need to Know

  • Parents can use this guide to learn more about opioids, and how opioids may affect their children. Parents can also share the companion book, Opioid Facts for Teens, with their children. 

Support for Adolescents Already Misusing Opioids


Heroin, Fentanyl, & Other Opioids –A Comprehensive Resource for Families with a Teen or Young Adult Struggling with Opioid Use

  • Designed for parents and families, this guide provides information on opioids and the risks associated with their use. Be prepared with the knowledge and skills to spot early use and take action effectively.

Parent-Child Conversations on Drug Use


When You Discover Teen or Young Adult Drug Use: Start Talking

  • Learn how to have a conversation instead of a confrontation. Visit this website to get additional insights and guidance on how to talk to your child about using drugs.

Drug Prevention Tips for Every Age

  • Find example scenarios along with scripts on what to say to your child to help prevent their drug use, at any age.

Driving and Use of Prescription Drugs


Drugged Driving—What You Should Know

  • A resource for parents, caregivers and educators –learn facts about the dangers of drugged driving.

Resources for Adolescents


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens –Prescription pain medications (opioids)

  • Access this interactive website, designed specifically for teens, parents, and teachers, to find important facts on prescription pain medications (opioids).

Have a drug problem—need help?

  • Find information on what to do if you or someone you know has a problem with drugs.

OPIOIDS: What you and your friends need to know

  • For a quick snap shot of information, youth can review this 4-page handout and find what they need to know about opioids and fentanyl and where to go to get help.

Substance Use Resources For Adolescents and Young Adults

  • Access online substance use resources aimed specifically at adolescents and young adults –Find support groups, helplines, substance use resource institutes and treatment service locators.

What to Do If You Have a Problem with Drugs: For Teens and Young Adults

  • Find information on what to do if you have a problem with drugs, what options they are for getting help and how to get help.

FDA: Some Medications and Driving Don’t Mix

  • Access information on products that may make it dangerous to drive and alternatives to driving.

NIDA: Opioid Facts for Teens

  • A guide for teens that gives young people the facts about opioids and why they are such a problem. This can be used with the companion book, Opioids: Facts Parents Need to Know

For more information on adolescents with pain, tailored toward providers: