Program Coordinator, Youth Leadership
The Governor's Prevention Partnership
Opioid abuse has taken the state by storm as the misusing of prescription medications continues to increase in high school students and the connection between prescription painkillers and heroin becomes clearer. The 2015 Connecticut Youth Risk Behavior Survey states that 12% of high school students have misused prescription medications. These teens report to getting these substances from friends, family, and their medicine cabinets. These medications, when taken correctly, can be helpful to the intended patient, but when misused, they are just as dangerous as an illicit drug. The Center for Disease Control states that abusing prescription opioids is the strongest risk factor for a heroin addiction. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, four out of five heroin user’s start by developing an addiction to prescription painkillers.
Be aware of what is in your medicine cabinet, secure your medications, and dispose of unused prescriptions at the many prescription medication drop boxes in Connecticut. View here to find a local collection box near you!
View additional resources to speak with youth about the dangers of misusing prescription pills and substance abuse.