Opioids and Prescription Drug Safety

With the opioid epidemic evolving, prevention has never been more important. The rise of fentanyl across the country, and here in Connecticut, has created new and deadly dangers for young people. In 2021 alone, Connecticut had over 1,350 confirmed deaths due to opioid-related overdoses, with more than four out of every five overdose deaths involving fentanyl. Preliminary data from the CDC estimated over 100,000 people died from a drug overdose in the US in 2021.

Prescription drugs also remain a risk for youth. Most youth prescription drug misuse begins at home, where teens may find pills that haven’t been prescribed to them or begin to abuse prescriptions that were initially meant for short-term use.

To keep young people safe, parents, mentors, and other caring adults need the resources and support to not only talk to the youth in their lives about the dangers of substance use, but also keep current on evolving trends to be able to recognize warning signs before it’s too late.

Opioid and Prescription Drug-Specific Resources

A printable game to build opioid awareness. Can you tell opioid fact from opioid fiction?
LiveLOUD – Life with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), provides resources for those living with OUD and their families. They are dedicated to eliminating shame around OUD.
The NORA – Naloxone + Overdose Response App is a free app from the CT Department of Public Health that provides information on opioids, recognizing the symptoms of a suspected opioid overdose, and instructions on administering naloxone when needed. Viewers can learn about trainings on naloxone use in CT as well as how to obtain it in their communities.
Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. There are pharmacies in every corner of CT with pharmacists who are certified to prescribe Naloxone. Find them with this interactive map.
The average person can’t tell the difference between a real pill and a fake pill by looking at them. Learn about the dangers of counterfeit RX drugs.
Did you know Fentanyl pills can be manufactured to look descriptively like prescription medications? The DEA provides the information you need with One Pill Can Kill.

General Substance Misuse Resources

Connecticut has established 21 as the legal minimum age for drinking alcohol, purchasing tobacco products, cannabis use, and casino gambling. This is for good reason! Learn why 21 is the legal minimum age.
Natural High seeks to distribute drug prevention and life skill resources to help young people thrive. They work with influencers young people admire to create free and impactful content for educators and parents.
The Partnership to End Addiction is a diverse community of researchers, advocates, clinicians, and communicators who work together to provide addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery resources.
DrugFreeCT.org provides Connecticut with a variety of resources to help understand, prevent, and recover from substance use disorders.

The Governor’s Prevention Partnership builds statewide capacity to prevent underage drinking and substance use and builds strategic alliances to promote the overall well-being of Connecticut’s future workforce.