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Want to help prevent opioid use and addiction in our community? Some simple steps can help.
Some resources that can help the conversation.
Talking with your kids about drugs may be tough, but it may be the most important thing you do
Talking with your kids about medicine abuse
Opioid-based medications can be useful for pain management, especially after surgery. But there are also other options to manage pain. Opioids are not always needed. People should talk with their provider about all options.
Some resources that can be helpful:
Know your options
Facts about opioids
When you do have medications in your home, keep them stored safely.
Keep medications in their original containers with caps on.
Kids are curious, keep medicine out of reach. Store in a locked location or box.
Avoid storing medicine in the bathroom, kitchen, purse or other visible places.
If you have old medications that you no longer need, dispose of them safely. The best way to dispose of them is to put them in a medication drop box.
Check out this list for the places you can go in Thurston County. www.thurstonmedicationtakeback.org
Other places in the area that you can dispose of medications can be found at the Med-Project.
Opioids are a class of drugs, some are prescribed and some are not. Learn more.
Not sure when you should be worried about teen substance use. Learn more.
Community Overdose Education and Naloxone Rescue Kit Trainings
Interested in becoming more involved in substance use prevention in Thurston County? Connect with a local substance use prevention coalition.
Bucoda-Tenino Healthy Action Team (on Facebook)
Learn more about Opioid Use Disorder and the local Opioid Response.
Thurston County Opioid Response Task Force
Learn About Treatment
Washington Recovery Help Line
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