Drugs & Your Family

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Does Your Family Know the Risks of Misusing Opioids?

(NIDA Blog Team, April 13) Opioids can be helpful in treating severe pain when they're taken as directed by a doctor. Like all drugs, though, they can also bring risks.

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How Substance Misuse Affects Children

Approximately 94,386 children were removed from their home during fiscal year 2018 because at least one parent had a drug abuse issue.

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11 Life Skills That Can Help Your Child in Recovery

(From Partnership for Drug-free Kids) While individual therapy and group counseling are well-known techniques used to address substance use, it can be just as important that treatment includes life skills training.

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Many Vets Suffer from Both PTSD and Substance Use Disorder

About 1 out of every 3 veterans getting treated for substance use disorder is also suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), according to the Department of Veteran Affairs.

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Video Series: What is Prevention?

What are a few of the factors that can affect prevention? Learn more in this three-part video series.

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Cannabis on Campus? Not Allowed

If marijuana is legal in the state you attend school, then it must be okay to use, right? Not exactly.

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Fact or Fiction: Finding the Truth Online about Drug Information

The internet can be your biggest resource in finding health information, but it also can be one of the biggest sources of misinformation. 

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Commonly Misused Over-the-Counter Meds

If you’re concerned about someone in your household abusing your over-the-counter medication, ingredients in cough medicine and the anti-diarrheal lopermide should probably be on your radar. 

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Using Over-the-Counter Medication Safely

Do you need help with properly using over-the-counter medication? If so, KnowYourOTCs.org is a great resource. Here are just a few highlights.

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What Should You Do With Your Unused Meds?

Most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from family, friends, and acquaintances.  You can make a difference by keeping track of the medicine you have, by rethinking where and how you keep your medications in your home, and by safely disposing of any unused medications.