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:
Skin flushed or itchy Eyes watery or constricted pupils Behavior unusual happiness, slurred speech, staggering walk, confusion, drowsiness Overdose 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.
Share this information with people you care about.
Stay informed, stay healthy.