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Every day more than 2,000 teenagers abuse prescription drugs for the first time.

Today, accidental teen deaths caused by fentanyl-laced illicit prescription drugs

are occurring nationwide.

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Prescription depressants, antidepressants, and opioids are more responsible for

teen overdose deaths than cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine 

combined.

Teens consume the powerful opioid unwittingly, packaged in counterfeit pills tailored to resemble less potent prescription medications.

 

 

"Don't Play With Pills"

Press Release

"Don't Play With Pills" delivers straight forward information to teens about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs for any reason including self-medicating emotional health issues.

The “Don't Play With Pills” program aims to communicate two key messages;

1) Prescription drugs purchased off the street or over the internet can be laced with lethal substances like fentanyl.

"Don't Play With Pills" speaks directly to teens who are turning to prescription drugs purchased over the internet or off the street to self-medicate their anxiety, depression and emotional health. The issue of fentanyl-laced street drugs is out of control and is the #1 killer of individuals ages 18-45. With one in five high school seniors reporting misusing prescription drugs and fentanyl-related deaths on the rise, now is the time to start a discussion about the dangers of playing with pilis.

 

2) Misusing prescription drugs for recreational purposes or self-medication can lead to death.

Our "Don't Play With Pills" campaign shares the story of 23 year old Drew, a college student who attempted to manage his anxiety with Xanax purchased over the internet. The Xanax he purchased was laced with fentanyl. Thanks to emergency help, he survived. However, that one bad pill triggered an addiction which ended with his death eight months later.

 

The "Don't Play With Pills" campaign is a different story than Clay's.  Clay didn't have addiction issues or substnace abuse

 

 

 

aims to reduce teen misuse and prevent further tragic deaths by raising awareness and addressing this issue head-on. Engaging in this crucial discussion can help prevent further harm and motivate cultural change among young people.

Tips for Parents and Caregivers

 

Encourage open and honest communication

Explain what fentanyl is and why it is so dangerous

Stress not to take any pills that were not prescribed to you from a doctor

No pill purchased on social media or off the street is safe

Make sure they know that fentanyl has been found in most illegal drugs

Create an "exit plan" to help your child know what to do if they're pressured to take a pill or use drugs

What if you're someone who doesn't go to parties but are using unprescribed prescription drugs to help manage your anxiety, stress or depression?

Watch "Drew's Story" and learn how one bad pill 

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