After reading about what opioids are and how dependence, tolerance, addiction develop, the next question we will discuss is: How can I tell if someone is involved in drugs.
Sadly, in conversations with those incarcerated or in recovery, many of them say they started experimenting with drugs in middle school when they were eleven to fourteen years old. It is so important for parents of this age child to know the signs of drug use to begin conversations and treatment ASAP.
General signs of drug use include:
If someone you love is showing signs of drug use, what can you do? Here are some resources that might help:
SAMHSA National 24/7 Hotline (English and Spanish): 1-800-662-HELP (4357) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Indiana Addiction 24/7 Hotline: 1-800-662-4357
Mental Health America Crisis Center 24/7 Hotline: 765-742-0244
Tippecanoe County Quick Response Team 24/7 Hotline: 765-607-6771
211 is easy to remember and can guide you to the best helpline for your situation.
Here are several websites with helpful information:
https://www.tallcopsaysstop.com This is one of my favorites. Tall Cop is police officer Jermaine Galloway. He says, “You can’t stop what you don’t know.”
https://www.drugabuse.gov/family-checkup: This website highlights the parenting skills that can be useful in preventing young people from beginning and continuing drug use. It lists five questions to use to help families think about their interactions with their children.
Remember, the earlier intervention is begun, the easier it is treat drug abuse. There are resources out there that can help. The key is noticing the signs and being aware.
Lynn Saylor is an AmeriCorps member serving in the United Against Opioid Abuse Initiative through the White County United Way. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous articles may be found on whitecountyunitedway.org/opioids.html.