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.” Prescription opioid addiction – stemming from misuse – has hit the nation hard in recent years. Unfortunately, high school student-athletes can be especially vulnerable to prescription painkiller misuse. This poster encourages teens, parents and other caregivers, and educators to know the risks around misusing pain pills.
Increasing numbers of teens are using prescription and over-the-counter medications to get high. Many parents and caregivers don’t know enough about this problem, and many teens don’t understand the dangers. Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine is a guide that helps parents and caregivers understand and identify the medications teens are abusing. An invaluable resource for parents and caregivers, Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine presents prescription drug basics, includes information about commonly abused prescription drugs, lists steps parents and caregivers can take to keep their teens drug free, and more.
Drugs of Abuse delivers clear, scientific information about drugs in a factual, straightforward way. With the information in this guide, parents and caregivers can help their children make smart choices and avoid the consequences of drug abuse. This publication covers topics including the Controlled Substances Act and introduces drug classes including narcotics, stimulants, marijuana/cannabis, inhalants, steroids, and more. Drugs of Abuse also provides information about drugs of concern and designer drugs, including synthetic opioids and “bath salts.”
DEA partnered with the U.S. Department of Education to update this publication that was last revised in 2012. This 40-page booklet offers information to help parents and other caregivers raise drug-free children. The guide includes an overview of substance use among youth; descriptions of substances young people may use; a look at risk factors that may make kids more vulnerable to trying and using drugs, and protective factors to offset those risks; suggestions for how to talk to children about drugs, regardless of their age; and tips on what to do if you suspect your child is using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
This infographic highlights the issue of marijuana use and prescription drug misuse among college students, including its prevalence and consequences. Information also is provided on what can be done to prevent marijuana use and prescription drug misuse among college students, and what is needed moving forward.
This publication provides an overview of the prevalence of marijuana use among youth and young adults; the physical, academic, and social consequences; tips for how to get involved to prevent marijuana use among youth and young adults; and federal resources to assist in such efforts.
Marijuana Concentrates—also known as “THC Extractions” (2014) is a six panel, two-sided pamphlet that provides information on the dangers of marijuana concentrates. The pamphlet also describes the common street names, how it is abused, and the dangers of converting marijuana into marijuana concentrates using the butane extraction process.
DXM is a cough suppressant that is found in more than 100 over- the-counter (OTC) cold medications. It can be used alone, or in
combination with other drugs such as analgesics, antihistamines, decongestants, and/or expectorants.
MDMA, (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), known as Ecstasy or Molly, is a synthetic psychoactive drug. Ecstasy is the pill form of MDMA. Molly is the slang for "molecular" that refers to the powder or crystal form of MDMA. Molly is often mixed with other drugs and substances and is not pure MDMA or safe to use.