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Monday October 23rd, 2017 12:50PM
LISTEN: "I didn't see it coming": What one family said about losing their son to opioid addiction
Tane Robson Shannon shares the story of losing her son to opioid abuse. Grades were good. Everything seemed "normal." But things were far from it. Hear the advice she has for families to keep from finding themselves in the same situation.
4:45PM ( 3 weeks ago )
LISTEN: Get a look at opioids from a doctor's perspective
Dr. Tennant Slack talks about the use and abuse of opioids as a physician who works with pain management.
4:45PM ( 3 weeks ago )
LISTEN: Dallas Gay shares an overview of the scope of opioid addiction
Dallas Gay discusses the scope of the opioid problem in the North Georgia area and what is being done to combat it.
4:30PM ( 3 weeks ago )
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What are opiods?

Opiods are drugs that reduce the intensity of pain signals. The word “opiod” comes from opium, a drug made from the poppy plant

What are they used for?

Many teens and young adults first use opiods when they are prescribed them by a dentist or oral surgeon, often for the removal of molars. Other teens and young adults may be prescribed them for a sports injury.

Why do some teens and young adults abuse opiods?

For a variety of reason – to party and to get high, or to cope with academic, social or emotional stress.

How do they abuse them?

Sometimes people get high by crushing pills into powder to snort, swallow or inject (after dissolving in water). Heroin in an illegal opiod that can be snorted, injected or smoked.

Where do they get the drugs?

The majority of teens and young adults abusing prescription drugs get them from medicine cabinets of family members and friends. Some hand out or sell their extra pills or pills they’ve acquired or stolen from classmates. A small minority of teens and young adults say they get their prescription drugs illicitly from doctors, pharmacists or online.


Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Medical Association of Georgia Foundation

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