February 26, 2020
“Opioids are ubiquitous now. Enough opioids are prescribed every year to put a bottle of painkillers in every household. They’re everywhere, and kids are getting into them.”
~Dr. Julie R Gaither, PhD, MPH, RN, Postdoctoral Fellow in Biostatistics at the Yale school of medicine
In 2015, over 55,000 Americans died because of fatal drug overdoses. The American Society of Addiction Medicine reports that 20,101 of those deaths are because of prescription opioid painkillers.
That same year, 276,000 adolescents and teens aged 12 to 17 used an opioid pain reliever nonmedically. 122,000 of those met the criteria for a clinical diagnosis of an Opioid Use Disorder – addiction.
YOU are familiar with prescription opioid painkillers by their generic and brand names:
But teenage opioid abusers have their own language. They substitute nicknames and code words to hide their usage from parents, teachers, and law enforcement officers.
Every type of abused prescription medication has its own specific list of Street names:
Deaths involving synthetic opioids skyrocketed by 73% in 2015.
If you overhear your adolescent or teenager using any of these slang/street terms, it DOES NOT necessarily mean that they are abusing prescription painkillers, but it DOES mean that you may need to be alert.
If you discover that they ARE misusing opioids, then you need to get them into an reputable treatment program as soon as possible. Addiction is a progressive disease—without help, in ALWAYS gets worse.
Teensavers Treatment Centers provides individualized recovery services to teens and families in crisis, whether due to substance abuse, emotional disorders, or both. If your child is misusing prescription opioids, help IS available. Contact Teensavers today for a confidential intake and assessment.
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