Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse among High School Student-Athletes

“What is prescription pain reliever misuse? As defined by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, it’s “use without a prescription of one’s own or use at a higher dosage or more often than prescribed.

Unfortunately, high school student-athletes can be especially vulnerable to prescription painkiller misuse. The pain relief, an eagerness to return to the field after injury, and the belief that such medication is “safe” because they’re prescribed by a doctor, are just a few reasons why.

Here are five tips – along with online resources – for parents and educators to help keep your student-athlete from misusing painkillers.”

Click here to read the tips and see the online resources.

 

Secure or Drop Off Prescription Drugs

Visit your local law enforcement agency to drop off your unused or expired and over the counter medications (including pet medications) Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Cumberland, Maine Police Department Falmouth Maine Police Department Freeport Maine Police Department Yarmouth, Maine Police Department

What is overparenting?

A clip from Breaking Points, 30-minute documentary intended for adults that explores the stress and pressures our teens face every day, as well as the unhealthy ways that many of them cope, including misusing prescription drugs.

Opioid Presentation in Falmouth on 3/24

Join Robert Fowler, Executive Director from Milestone Recovery Milestone Recovery and John Kilbride from the Falmouth Police Department for a presentation addressing Maine’s Opioid Crisis on Sunday, March 24 from 4-6pm at The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth, ME

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Life of a Student Athlete Tip of the Week

Tip: Misusing prescription drugs can be harmful to your health and impact your participation in sports.

 

Only take medications that are prescribed to you and follow instructions from the doctor carefully. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs including sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs and cough and cold remedies can be harmful to your health if you don’t take the medication as directed. Do not take any medications that are prescribed to someone else, side effects can include nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite or even vision loss.

Reflecting on My Addiction and Recovery, Then and Now

We are so proud of Andrew and all of his work with Young People in Recovery, across the state of Maine and beyond!

Thank you Dr. Gold!

Thank you to Dr. Mark Gold for providing a training and presentation to our community. Dr. Gold is a world renowned expert on substance use disorder diseases and has worked for over 40 years to develop models for understanding the effects of substances on the brain and behavior.
 
Thank you also to AdCare Educational Institute of Maine and Yarmouth High School for helping to host these events!
 
Shown below: Dr. Gold and Casco Bay CAN Coalition member Peter Scott

Do this twice a year to help your kids avoid opioid addiction

Participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28 from 10a-2p and here’s why! Do this twice a year to help your kids avoid opioid addiction: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/readersrespond/bs-ed-rr-addiction-20180306-story.html