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Drug Safety and Prevention

Last updated: 31 July 2022

Proper drug education is the most important aspect of drug safety and substance use prevention. In today’s age of dangerous opioids, this education is vital to prevent overdose death, which has skyrocketed in recent years. This page will discuss safety and prevention resources and offer tips for parents, educators, and young adults.

Drug Use Prevention Tips

  • Talk with the individual and, have an open dialogue, provide them with facts about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.
  • Demonstrate that you care about their health. Identify with them, even use personal stories.
  • Recognize early warning signs: some signs can occur at once or at the same time, for example:
    • Drastic mood changes.
    • Significant lack of responsibility with work, school, or family.
    • A complete disregard for rules or law.
    • Memory lapses, poor concentration, bloodshot eyes, lack of coordination, or slurred speech.
    • New friends or acquaintances.
  • A successful approach involves active listening:
    • Ask open-ended questions
    • Be positive and find positives in the situation.
    • Let them know you understand what they are saying.
    • Sum up and ask questions; show them you are listening the entire time.
    • Offer empathy, compassion, and assistance.

Drug Education

Understanding the dangers of illicit substances goes along way in the prevention of subatance use. Below are resources about commonly used drugs.

Truth about Drugs Truth about Marijuana Truth about Alcohol

Truth about Heroin Truth about Cocaine Truth about Meth

Truth about Prescription Drugs Truth about Painkillers Truth about Ritalin

Truth about Synthetic Drugs Truth about Crack Cocaine Truth about Ecstasy

Truth about LSD Truth about Inhalants

Overdose Prevention Resources

International Overdose Awareness Day occurs on August 31st. It is the world's annual campaign to end overdose, remember those who have died without stigma, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. In addition, it educates the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Stop Overdose Now (SON) is a foundation that brings together decades of experience and expertise in innovative public health science, entrepreneurial social marketing, and internet technology. They have strong roots in drug prevention, harm reduction, treatment, research, and policy communities. STOP OVERDOSE NOW is developing a suite of mobile tools to combat the opioid overdose epidemic that will empower people who use drugs to take action within their own community and when they travel.