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.
Understanding the dangers of illicit substances goes a long way in the prevention of substance use. Below are resources about commonly used drugs.
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.