ParentsMatterToo is introducing Prescription Painkillers: The Accidental Road to Addiction, a series of educational videos examining the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic and offering prevention-based solutions.
Consider the FACTS:
- 80 percent of heroin users were first addicted to prescription painkillers. (ASAM, 2016)
- 73 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription painkillers out of their parent’s medicine cabinet. (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, 2016)
- DuPage County reported 43 heroin-related overdose deaths with 26 of them between the ages of 15 and 26 in 2015. (DuPage Coalition Against Heroin)
Featuring local experts, community leaders and recovering addicts, the 3-minute videos cover a range of critically important topics:
Monitor, Secure, Dispose
Video 1: Monitor, Secure, Dispose details practical steps on how to monitor, secure, and safely dispose of prescription drugs.
Prescription Drugs and the Teen Party Culture
Video 2: Prescription Drugs and the Teen Party Culture focuses on why teens experiment with drugs, the presence of drugs in our schools; and warning signs that indicate a teen may be using drugs.
From Rx to Heroin
Video 3: From Rx to Heroin explains the road from prescription painkillers to heroin addiction and features the Naperville Police Department’s Connect to Life program that links persons seeking recovery with a sobriety coach.
What Do You Want Parents To Know?
Video 4: What Do You Want Parents to Know? features the voices of young persons in recovery and their message to parents and the community-at-large.
Accidental Road to Addiction – Jessica Testimonial
Video 5: Accidental Road to Addiction – Jessica Testimonial: Jessica, an addict in recovery, describes her journey through addiction.
Accidental Road to Addiction – Tim Ryan Testimonial
Video 6: Accidental Road to Addiction – Tim Ryan Testimonial: Tim Ryan, founder of A Man in Recovery Foundation, shares his story of addiction.
Accidental Road to Addiction – Caroline Kacena Testimonial
Video 7: Accidental Road to Addiction – Caroline Kacena Testimonial: Caroline Kacena shares the story of her son’s addiction, overdose and importance of Narcan.
Accidental Road to Addiction – Brad Testimonial
Video 8: Accidental Road to Addiction – Brad Testimonial: Brad shares his story of drug addiction and road to recovery.
Educate yourself and your children about the dangers of prescription drugs. Parents, education, and communication are the most significant and influential elements in preventing teen prescription drug abuse.
- Learn yourself about the issues.
- Communicate about them openly with your children.
- Parents are the most influential element in preventing teen prescription drug abuse.
Share our videos with your friends, neighbors and co-workers. Start a conversation. Together we can prevent our kids traveling down the Road to Addiction.
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