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Parent Fact Sheet

Warning Signs for Parents

FACT: Dealers are targeting youth. Middle and high school youth have been found selling heroin to friends.

ACT: Heroin and other opioid use, what to look for:

circlebullet.jpgSkin  flushed or itchy
circlebullet.jpgEyes watery or constricted pupils
circlebullet.jpgBehavior  unusual happiness, slurred speech, staggering walk, confusion, drowsiness
circlebullet.jpgOverdose shallow, slow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions and/or coma  all 911/Emergency


TO LEARN MORE:

•  I Imagined This  But Heroin Lied. Free you-oriented postcard on the consequences of heroin use. Call 1-800-952-6637 to order.

•  Heroin: What's the Real Dope? Summary of facts, consequences and effective prevention approaches. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 3710C (Fee for video and booklet).

If you're worried about yourself, a friend or family member who may be using drugs call anonymously (800) 327-5050 or visit http://www.helpline-online.com. The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline is available 24 hours a day for information and treatment options.


FOR IDEAS ON HOW TO SET FAMILY LIMITS see:

•  Parenting Wisely, an interactive program that may be available through your library or inter-library loan.

•  Family Matters, a downloadable step-by-step guide, at www.sph.unc.edu/familymatters 



Share this information with people you care about.

Stay informed, stay healthy.

Courtesy of the The Massachusetts Department of Public Health http://www.state.ma.us/dph/bsas