Take Action – For Youth
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For Youth: ARE YOU AWARE?
Prescription drugs can be dangerous; they are not safer than street drugs.
Prescription drugs, including painkillers, steroids, tranquilizers, and stimulants, may seem safe because they are “legal” and prescribed, but they’re not. They can have serious physical side effects when used improperly alone or taken with other drugs or alcohol.
Prescription drugs can be addictive.
Many prescription drugs can be addictive. Some prescription drugs, like OxyContin, are opiates, yes, like heroin. Addiction can happen fast with opiates, especially among young people.
It is illegal to take prescription drugs not prescribed for you, and to distribute them to anyone for whom they are not prescribed.
Prescription drug abuse can make you lose control of your body, your mind, and your life.
Physical side effects include throwing up, diarrhea, severe shaking, and loss of consciousness – even death. Just one pill can kill. Taking broken, chewed, or crushed OxyContin tablets leads to a rapid release and absorption of a potentially deadly dose of oxycodone. Your self-respect, your dignity, your reputation, and the trust of people you care about are also at risk when you misuse or abuse prescription drugs.
What You Can Do
- If you’re worried about yourself or a friend, talk to a trusted adult or call Narcotics Anonymous 24-hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-800-974-0062.
- Get involved and raise awareness! Organize a Project AWARE activity in your school or community.
- Open yourself up to the excitement of life with Natural Highs and remember the 5 Points!
- Talk to your parents, siblings, friends, coaches, teachers, guidance counselors, youth advisors, and/or community leaders if you see a problem with substance abuse among your peers or in your school or community.
- Learn more about the risks associated with prescription drug abuse in our resources section.