Tips for Protecting your Kids from Addiction – Stop Addiction in its Tracks

We are facing an epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths in Massachusetts.

Although these medications are effective when prescribed and taken appropriately, they can be misused and lead to significant negative consequences, including overdose and addiction. Some people who are addicted may even transition to heroin, which is less expensive and widely available. For youth, opioid addiction may start when a clinician prescribes opioids following an injury; through having access to painkillers in the family medicine cabinet; or by borrowing from friends.

Opioids are powerful prescription painkillers. Examples of commonly prescribed opioids include Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin and Fentanyl.

Although these medications are effective when prescribed and taken appropriately, they can be misused and lead to significant negative consequences, including overdose and addiction. Some people who are addicted may even transition to heroin, which is less expensive and widely available.

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