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Her blog discusses prescription drug misuse, specifically highlighting information for teens and young adults. Click here to read her blog, watch interviews with individuals with lived experience, find resources for yourself and loved ones, and learn about events and how you can get involved. 

Recent Posts

Since the 1990s, the US has seen significant increases in the rates of opioid abuse and opioid-related deaths. In fact, the issue has become so severe and prominent in the country, that many health organizations have categorized this crisis as a national emergency and an “Opioid Epidemic.” Read more here.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a difficult experience for everyone, especially students and young adults. Due to social restrictions created by the pandemic, students have less access to friends, family, and other support systems to help manage stress and anxiety. Read more here.

With school opening back up for the fall, parents and students need to recognize the dangers of prescription drug misuse when students are in school. School is stressful. With frequent tests, quizzes, assignments, presentations, late nights studying, and more, most students often feel overwhelming school pressure. Read more here.

On this blog, we talk a lot about managing stress, other prevention methods, and the different kinds of prescription drug misuse. But it is also essential to know what happens to the brain when someone becomes addicted to prescription opioids or overdoses, as understanding the biology behind it can help us learn the reality of the harms of prescription drug misuse. Read more here.

It is nearing the end of October, meaning the beginning of the holiday season! Halloween parties and events, celebrations with friends, and more time spent with family are the first things that come to mind. But along with all these wonderful aspects of the holidays, we must consider the increased danger of drug abuse in young adults. Read more here.

Every month, posted on this website are tips that you can use to keep yourself and others safe from prescription drug misuse. However, an essential topic in this discussion is how to ask for help when you find yourself struggling with prescription drug misuse. Read more here.

Lived Experience Interviews

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Additional Resources for Youth


Mental Health & Support

For Parents: Youth Support & Substance Use Prevention

Anika is a high school senior who has been an intern with the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA) for over three years. During this time, she has helped out at events, worked on special projects, and built NCAPDA’s Youth Corner which is dedicated specifically to helping teens and young adults understand prescription drug misuse and its dangers. She hopes to pursue a career in which she can help research and produce medications that carry fewer adverse side effects. Anika is incredibly motivated to volunteer with the NCAPDA because she feels that the first step to targeting prescription drug misuse is through outreach and education. She is also pursuing this field through biology-focused internships and research, but apart from this she enjoys singing, playing the piano, and playing with her cat. 

SAMHSA Treatment Locator: the confidential and anonymous resource for persons seeking treatment for mental and substance use disorders in the US.

Bay Area Addiction Research and Treatment Center currently offers buprenorphine in conjunction with counseling for youth starting at the age of 16, in cases of two failed attempts at alternatives of recovery prior to providing MAT.  Download the brochure here. 

Contra Costa Services & Resources for Teens: 24-hour hotlines, crisis counseling, shelter information, legal & victim services, self-defense, and additional online resources.