Resources for Parents and Caregivers
Youth are 50% less likely to misuse opioids if their parents talk to them about the dangers.
We have pulled resources from the Starts with One Campaign to provide parents and caregivers with tips on how to start the conversation.
How can I reduce my child's risk?
Youth are 50% less likely to misuse opioids when parents tell them the risks. Starting with a simple conversation about the risks of opioid misuse could save their life. We have provided some tips below:
- Explain how and why prescription opioids are used. If your child is prescribed an opioid for pain, help them build good pain management habits.
- Know the facts of opioids.
- Talk to your kids about their health and what you hope for their future.
- Encourage healthy behaviors and let them know why you want them to live a healthy life.
- Create regular discussions around health and wellness.
- Check-in regularly on school attendance and academic performance, as well as their stress levels and overall well-being.
- Have family social time such as family dinners and game nights.
- Get your child involved in recreational activities, community groups, etc.
- If you know or suspect your child has used drugs, listen openly and offer support.
Pacific County Resources
True North Student Assistance - ESD 113
Willapa Behavioral Health
Raymond: (360) 942.2303
Long Beach: (360) 642-3787
Treatment Referral Helpline
24/7 Crisis Hotline
Crisis Text Line
Text, "HOME" to 741-741
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
96% of Pacific County 10th graders reported their parents feel it's wrong to use prescription medication not prescribed to you.
According to the 2018 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey