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Protecting
Our Youth
from Opioids

If you're having a procedure
and are prescribed opioids,
take them for the shortest
period of time. The longer
you're on opioids, the harder
it is to get off of them.
-Darrin R. Mangiacarne, DO

Mangiacarne: It is very difficult to

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How would I know
if I had a problem
with opioids?

tell if you are developing an addiction to opioids. It requires a lot of
insight and self-honesty. If you are
taking opioids more often than
prescribed and running out of a
prescription early, that is a sign. If
you are looking forward to taking
the next pill, that is a warning sign

as well. If you purchase opioids from
others, that is also telling. If you feel
sick when you don't take opioids, that
is another sign. If you have any concerns, reach out to a physician who
can assess your concerns and provide
medical expertise on next steps.
Remember that opioid use disorder is not a moral failing or a character flaw; it's a legitimate medical
problem. If you need help, please
ask for it. *

Three thousand, nine
hundred and sixty-seven.
That's the number of
people ages 15 to 24 who
died of opioid overdose
in 2018 (the most recent
data available), according
to the National Institute on
Drug Abuse for Teens.
To protect your children,
start the conversation
early, suggests Darrin
R. Mangiacarne, DO, a
distinguished fellow of
the American Society of
Addiction Medicine.
"We need to work on
improving self-esteem and
helping young children
resist social pressures,"
he says. "Don't wait until
you notice signs of substance abuse."
He also recommends
taking tobacco use-
including vaping and
electronic cigarettes-
seriously.
"Everyone historically
would say marijuana is the
gateway drug," Mangiacarne
says. "In my experience,
tobacco is the gateway
drug. What I've seen is
that the patients who start
smoking and start using
tobacco products early on
in their adolescent years
are the ones who go on to
use other substances."
Mangiacarne suggests
talking to your child's
pediatrician if you suspect
a problem.

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