Vicodin And Teens
The greatest fear as parents is that we will fail our children. In today’s age of technology and connecting, it is easier now for teens to get their hands on something dangerous — something like Vicodin.
Unfortunately, it is not news that teenagers have been experimenting with Vicodin and other opioid painkillers as early as the age of 12.
There is this misconception that taking painkillers and safer than taking other drugs. Because of this misconception, teens find themselves becoming addicted to opioids without even realizing it.
Becoming addicted to painkillers like Vicodin is damaging for anyone. However for children and teens to become addicted, the risk is much higher. Because of their developing brains and hormonal changes, an opioid addiction can have lasting effects.
Luckily, however, there has been a recent decline in the percentage of misused painkillers by high schoolers. While this is a bit of good news, the danger is still very present.
Often, teens receive their daily dose of opioids from their parents. It isn’t uncommon that older relatives would have been prescribed painkillers for an injury. Those painkillers are usually kept in medicine cabinets that are easily accessible to children and teens.
Being able to read the signs of your child’s possible addiction is detrimental. Look for the following signs in your child if you suspect that they are misusing opioid painkillers:
An abrupt change in mood and behavior-
Take this with a grain of salt. Teens usually have mood swings and sudden outbursts, but you want to make sure they are in line with their character. If your child is typically happy, but you find they seemed depressed during odd moments, throw your red flag.
Missing painkillers from cabinets-
It’s smart to know how many tablets you have available. Check periodically to make sure they are all still there. If not, you’ve got some investigating to do.
Teens tend to stick with people they know and are comfortable with. If your child is suddenly hanging around a new set of people you do not know, question it.
When grades begin to suffer, seemingly out of nowhere, there is always a reason. It may not necessarily be opioid addiction, but it is worth looking in to.
Teens are supposed to look to us for support and guidance. We must offer as much as we can so that we may save the next generation and bring about an opioid-free environment.