PRESCRIPTION DRUG MISUSE
DOWNLOAD: EMOJI DRUG CODE | DECODED
This reference guide is intended to give parents, caregivers, educators, and other influencers a better sense of how emojis are being used in conjunction with illegal drugs. Fake prescription pills, commonly laced with deadly fentanyl and methamphetamine, are often sold on social media and e-commerce platforms – making them available to anyone with a smartphone.
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Kids Can Buy Drugs Easier Than You Think
What You Need to Know About Drugs on Social Media
Kids used to have limited options for where they could get drugs: friends at school, medicine cabinets or on the street. Now they don’t even have to leave the house. Buying drugs online has become increasingly popular and drug dealers are targeting kids on social media.
How Does it Work?
Snapchat and Instagram are the popular platforms for this, but it happens on other platforms too. Dealers post photos with captions that include hashtags, emojis and instructions for contacting the them. Communication and transactions usually occur off of the site using encrypted messaging apps like WhatsApp or Kik. The buyer can pay using a service like Venmo and the product is shipped to their door. Sometimes people do choose to meet in person and pay with cash.
1 in 10
of CT high school students reported taking RX pain medications without a RX or differently than prescribed.
COMMONLY ABUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Opioid Pain Relievers (e.g. OxyContin, Vicodin)
Depressants (e.g. Xanax, Valium)
Stimulants (e.g. Adderall, Ritalin)
WHAT ARE OPIOIDS?
Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin as well as powerful pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and many others. Regular use—even as prescribed by a doctor—can produce dependence, and when misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to a fatal overdose.
Long-term use of prescription opioids, even when used as prescribed, can cause some people to develop a tolerance, which means a person needs a higher dose and/or a more frequent dose of the drug to get the same effect.
WARNING SIGNS OF OPIOID ADDICTION
The strong desire to use opioids
The inability to control or reduce use of opioids
Development of a tolerance
Showing signs of withdrawal after stopping or reducing use
Difficulty meeting social and/or work commitments
Experiencing legal problems due to substance use
Spending large amounts of time accessing opioids
PREVENT PRESCRIPTION DRUG MISUSE!
Many teens believe prescription drugs are a safe way to get high.
You can help keep them safe.
Have age-appropriate discussions about the dangers of taking RX medications.
SECURE YOUR MEDICATIONS
Know what medications you have in your home and how many pills are in the bottles. It is best to keep your medications in a secure lock box.
DISPOSE UNUSED MEDICATIONS
If you have unused or unwanted medications in your home, it's important to properly dispose of them.
Find a medication drop box near you OR learn how to safely dispose at home.
PREVENT AN OVERDOSE
If you suspect an overdose, CALL 911 immediately and administer Narcan if available!
An overdose can happen to anyone! Opioids are depressants, which slow a person's breathing rate and can prevent the heart and other essential organs from getting enough oxygen to function. An overdose can result in a coma or death.
If caught quickly, an overdose can be reversed with naloxone (Narcan).
Did you know ... the Good Samaritan Law in the state of Connecticut protect people who call 911 seeking emergency medical services for an overdose from arrest for possession of drugs/paraphernalia. Learn more.
Mission: Saving lives by educating and empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to talk to their children about the danger of drugs.
Facts and resources for families.
Change the Script is a statewide public awareness campaign to help communities deal with the prescription drug and opioids misuse crisis.
Find prevention, treatment and recovery resources.
Find information on prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery.
Also get tips on safe prescription medication storage and disposal, information of statewide initiatives and campaigns, strategies for overdose prevention, and access to treatment and recovery supports.
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LiveLOUD supports coordinated efforts to confront and prevent the increase in opioid addiction across the State of Connecticut.
For youth resources, visit LiveLOUD Families.
The Hub is the designated Behavioral Health Action Organization (RBHAO) for Southwestern Connecticut.
At Risk for an Opioid Overdose?
Learn the signs of an overdose, how to respond and how to prevent an overdose.
Parents: Help Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse (English & Spanish)
Learn what you can do as a parent to help prevent RX drug misuse.
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