The Opioid Epidemic
The opioid crisis is impacting communities all across the country. According to the CDC, from 1999 to 2017, more than 702,000 have died from a drug overdose. Of those deaths, approximately 68% involved a prescription or illicit opioid. To learn about what these opioids are, the risks the pose, and what you can do, click here.
Action can be taken to help protect your child and family members, such as monitoring your child's prescription use, keeping medications in a secure location, and safely disposing of medications that are no longer being taken. A guide to safe drug disposal can be found here.
Support services can be found here.
Start the Conversation About Opioids
Due to the potential for injury resulting in the prescription of strong painkillers, including opioids, student athletes may be particularly at risk for medication misuse, which could lead to addiction. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, and Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association have created the following resources for preventing opioid misuse among student athletes.