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Opioid abuse touches the lives of so many people in the state of Georgia. Whether you are a dentist wondering how to warn patients of the risks, a concerned parent, a teen with a friend who is at risk of abuse, an employer with an employee who needs help, or someone who needs treatment, see below for support.
Anyone who has served in the military, especially those injured in the line of duty, may be at high risk for prescription painkiller abuse. The United States military offers resources that are specific to helping military personnel, veterans and their families. Find information about these resources along with other important information to consider when working within the military system.
Medical professionals are taking a leading role in helping prevention, especially through prescribing practices and communicating with patients. Find information and resources for healthcare professionals to think of when prescribing opioids, share with patients or hang up in the waiting room.
Young people age 12-25 are at the highest risk of addiction to prescription painkillers. Find out what you can do as a student or young person to help prevent prescription painkiller abuse among you and your peers.
The signs of prescription painkiller abuse can be hard for parents to detect, but it’s critical to know them and to know what to do. Find resources for parents, including how to talk to your teens about painkillers, signs of addiction and what to do if you think your child has a prescription painkiller or other drug abuse problem.
Employers are often impacted by employee opioid misuse or abuse and it can be complicated for them as they are legally prescribed even if they come up on drug screens. Find information and resources for employers to share with their employees on the dangers of prescription drug abuse in the workplace and what you can do.
Students are at the highest risk of addiction to prescription painkillers. Find resources for educators on the dangers of prescription drug abuse, signs of addiction, and what to do if you think your student has a drug abuse problem.
Athletes are particularly vulnerable due to their increase risk of injury and potential to be prescribed painkillers.Talk to athletes about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Find information and resources for coaches on signs of addiction and what you can do to prevent it.
Find information and resources on treatment options for narcotic and opioid drug addiction, and heroin addiction.