Adolescents – Provider Resources
Provider resources on working with adolescents with pain, and resources to share with patients.
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. Offer to help the child/teen start a conversation with their parent(s) if they would like. Also, explain that you can provide advice or guidance, if desired.
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.
General Guidance on Working with Adolescents & Opioids
- This two-page fact sheet is specifically designed for healthcare providers and provides a snap shot of information on adolescent medicine abuse – the scope of the problem and what as a provider you can do to help.
- For more in depth information, visit this site to learn more about adolescents use of opioids – the prevalence of misuse, risk and protective factors, how to prevent opioid misuse, and how to get help.
Access online courses approved for ACCME, ANCC, and ADA credit on:
- Patient Conversations & Clinical Assessment
- Addressing Use & Follow Up Practices
- This resource from the AAP includes information on policy and physicians education with PediaLink Modules.
- For more information that complements the NIDA courses listed above, download this 14-page document including research-based clinical strategies to prevent and address adolescent substance use and prescription medication misuse.
Driving and Use of Prescription Drugs
Guidelines on Treatment for Adolescents with Pain
- As a health professional, find guidance on the pharmacological management of persisting pain in children with medical illnesses based on the recommendations made by the WHO Guidelines Development Group.
- For general guidance on non-pharmacological treatment options for patients in pain, please visit the section of this toolkit titled, “Non-Opioid Treatment Options.”
Printable Resources for Adolescent Patients & Parents on Opioid Use
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.
Resources for Parents
- 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.
- This toolkit equips parents with the knowledge they need 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.
Supplemental Information: Research on Post-Surgical Opioid Use
- Access a summary from a recent publication on the use of opioid prescriptions by adolescents following surgical procedures and the likelihood of continued use.
- Access the full publication on PubMed.
- Those who fill an opioid prescription for wisdom tooth removal are nearly three times as likely to keep using. Learn more about a recent study’s findings published in JAMA.
- Access the full publication in JAMA.