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