Key facts about opioids

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The facts

  • 4 out of 5 people who use heroin began by misusing prescription pain medications
  • 1 in 4 teens report they've misused or abused a prescription drug at least once
  • Prescription drugs are easy to get, and many teens don't realize they can be as harmful as illegal street drugs when misused
  • According to the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, kids whose parents talked with them about prescription pain medications were 42% less likely to misuse these drugs
  • Percocet, OxyContin, and Vicodin are a few commonly prescribed pain medications
  • Prescription pain medications are especially dangerous for teens because their brains are still developing


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