TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT DRUGS
As a parent, you worry about your kids using drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Talking will help them make good choices, but you may not be sure what to say or how to say it. Learn more about these 10 tips to help you. Start Talking today at starttalking.ohio.gov
1. Talk frequently
2. Show interest
3. Be careful what you say
4. Be careful how you say it
5. Know the facts about drugs/ alcohol/tobacco
6. Be respectful & genuine
7. They talk, you listen
8. Scare tactics don’t work
9. Control your emotions
10. Take advantage of teachable moments
Suicide Rate on Rise; Experts Say Rising Drug Use May Be Contributing Factor
The suicide rate in the United States rose 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers said increasing drug use may be one of the contributing factors. The economy is another possible factor in the increasing suicide rate, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Suicide is the tenth-leading cause of death in the U.S., the report noted. The suicide rate continued to increase in the first half of 2015, the CDC found in a separate study. There were more suicides among men than women, but the suicide rate for women increased faster during the study period. Suicides surged among middle-aged men and women, the report found. The suicide rate tripled among young girls, ages 5 to 14, though the actual number of suicides in that age group remains small, the researchers said.
Naloxone Public Awareness Campaign Launched
Ohio launched a targeted campaign in May to raise awareness about the signs of a drug overdose and to urge family members and friends of people who use drugs to obtain the opiate-overdose-reversal drug naloxone to administer during an overdose while waiting on first-responders to arrive. The campaign is focused on 15 counties that accounted for 80 percent of Ohio’s fentanyl-related overdose deaths in 2014, and includes two billboards, a radio spot, mobile and digital ads and directs people to stopoverdoses.ohio.gov for more information, including how to obtain a naloxone kit without a prescription at participating pharmacies. Ohio has seen a major increase in overdose deaths involving fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic used to treat severe pain that in its prescription form is estimated to be 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin. Ohio had 503 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in 2014 compared to 84 in 2013.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), fentanyl, a schedule II prescription drug, is a powerful synthetic opiate analgesic similar to but much more potent than morphine. It is typically used during anesthesia, to treat patients with severe pain, or to manage pain after surgery. However, recent overdoses have been connected to illegally produced and trafficked fentanyl, not diverted pharmaceutical fentanyl. Drug users may not know when fentanyl has been mixed with other drugs like heroin or cocaine, which markedly amplifies the potency and potential dangers, including the risk of death. Because of its potency and toxicity, fentanyl can kill quickly. It’s critical that people call 911 immediately when they suspect someone is having a drug overdose so they can receive a potentially life-saving medication called naloxone.