Resources and Tools
View the resources below to learn more about how parents and grandparents can help keep their loved ones safe and educated. Additionally, seniors should read the resources below to proactively learn about how to safely use prescription drugs and opioids if they are prescribed. Seniors should feel empowered to ask their health care providers about alternative treatments if they so wish.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a United States federal-government research institute whose mission is to “advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.” You can learn about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs, and specific studies on and resources for older adults on NIDA’s website.
Centers for Disease Control
The Centers for Disease Control has many resources on the United States’ Opioid Epidemic. You can find an explanation of the epidemic, overdose statistics, information about different drugs, and strategies to combat the opioid epidemic on their website. You can learn more about prescription drug use specifically among older adults by reviewing this CDC study.
Contra Costa Advisory Council and Area Agency on Aging has resources throughout the county to support elders throughout Contra Costa County.
Partnership for Drug Free Kids addresses every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery. They empower grandparents and other caregivers with support and guidance using the latest science-based information. They research and advance effective prevention and treatment strategies. They advocate for lifesaving policy changes. Finally, they aspire to change the national conversation around addiction so that no one will feel alone or ashamed to seek help, and everyone has access to the care they need and deserve.