What's The First Step?
Talk with your child about NEVER taking a pill that’s not prescribed to them.
MONITOR your child’s texts and social media.
Even if you don’t think your child is taking pills, talking with them could be the reason they never do.
Be sure to stress that these pills are being sold as percosets or other drugs with familiar names that do not seem so risky, however, they are counterfeit and contain fentanyl with 1 in 4 having a LETHAL DOSE of fentanyl. Taking one of those will be the last thing they ever do.
Communication is KEY!
& here are some resources that can help
Let's Talk About...
About the “Talk. They Hear You.” App
The app is designed to help parents and caregivers, educators, and communities:
Get Informed. Increase awareness about underage drinking and other drug use.
Be Prepared. Introduce skill-building techniques and share available resources and tools.
Take Action. Increase actions to help prevent underage drinking and other drug use.
Watch this quick video to learn more about the app and see how it works:
SAMHSA’s new “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign mobile app helps parents and caregivers prepare for some of the most important conversations they may ever have with their kids. It shows them how to turn everyday situations into opportunities to talk with their children about alcohol and other drugs, and equips them with the necessary skills.
A video series to help with those awkward conversations with your child
Held off on conversations about substance abuse because it seems daunting or uncomfortable? This video series has some great ideas for how to navigate those awkward but important conversations.
Check out the YouTube series below as well as the Elks Drug Awareness website for more resources.
Kids At Hope
There can be great value and power in adopting the Kids at Hope strategic cultural framework as part of the home environment. Kids at Hope is not another program; it is a belief system, supported by a cultural strategy and then enhanced by programs
Stand With Me,
Be Drug Free
A MatForce packet to encourage the power of making good choices and celebrating their decision to be drug free.
Parent Talk Kit
This kit gives lots of ideas on how to start communicating, scripts on what to say, and guidance with answering the tough questions. This packet can help you keep the child in your life drug-free.
Marijuana Talk Kit
Check out this kit to learn the facts, the potential risks, how to talk to your child about marijuana, and a script to get you started. This packet can be a great resource for starting an open dialogue about marijuana.
SAHMSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
This toolkit offers strategies to communities for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Access reports for community members, prescribers, patients and families, and those recovering from opioid overdose.