Preventing Youth Opioid Abuse

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Opioid addiction has reached crisis levels in communities across the nation.

An estimated 2 million Americans will suffer from addiction to prescription opioids or illegal opioids in 2018.  About two thirds of deadly drug overdoses in 2016 were due to opioids.

The epidemic is also hitting young people hard. In 2017, about 75 percent of drug overdoses among 15-24 year olds were related to opioids.

Prevention works when you start early.  Stop Youth Opioid Abuse is a multi-channel effort from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Ad Council, and the Truth Initiative that focuses on preventing and reducing the misuse of opioids among youth and young adults.

The campaign  also hosts a website,, which also includes information about opioids, the epidemic, and evidence-based drug treatment. Get more information about opioids and opioid addiction below.


For Youth

Youth Opioid Abuse Prevention: 5 Questions and Answers (PDF) 

What are opioids? How can you make sure you don’t get addicted? Get answers to these questions and more.

For Parents and Educators

Discussion Guide (PDF)

With your teen, watch the videos on (or click on the stories below) and start a conversation about opioid abuse using the questions in this guide.

Amy’s Story 
Chris’s Story 
Joe’s Story
Kyle’s Story 

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