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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Support for Adolescents Already Misusing Opioids
- 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
- 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.
Driving and Use of Prescription Drugs
Resources for Adolescents
- 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.
- Access online substance use resources aimed specifically at adolescents and young adults –Find support groups, helplines, substance use resource institutes and treatment service locators.