"Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement." "Opioid Overdose Crisis." National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis . Accessed 7 Nov. 2018.
The resources on this guide are varied and include research resources, fictional stories, government websites and agencies that can provide assistance for teens and families struggling with addiction. Reach out to your school counselor or a trusted adult for help. Please know that
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
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