Opioid and substance use prevention resources for adult role models working with youth.
Adult role models have an essential role on the growth and development of youth. They help guide youth to make healthy and informed decisions. Positive role models are protective social factors that promote youth health and well-being, and may reduce the risk of youth substance use, including
high-risk substance use.
Below is a list of resources to support adult role models communicate with youth about the risks of opioid and other substance use. The resources are listed under each adult role model type:
This toolkit helps parents learn more about the opioid problem, recognize warning signs, and open lines of communication with youth. Source: DEA/Discovery Education
This guidebook and website helps parents talk with youth about opioid use and misuse. Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
This article shares information on teen opioid prescription use and risks, and includes action steps to make sure teens use prescription pain medication responsibly. Source:
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) - Get Smart About Drugs
This article shares the dangers of misusing opioids, questions parents, guardians, or caregivers are encouraged to ask their child’s doctor/prescriber when an opioid is recommended, the steps to follow if an opioid has been prescribed (e.g., safeguarding medication and taking the medication as prescribed), and the signs of opioid misuse or dependence. Source: Partnership to End Addiction
This website gives answers to the 10 most frequently asked questions of teens to help adults have a conversation with teens about drugs and health. Source: NIDA
This website offers resources, including a
Mobile App and
podcast, to help parents start and continue the conversation about the dangers of drinking alcohol and using other drugs at a young age. Source:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
A toolkit to support individuals caring for children impacted by parental substance use and/or overdose. Source: New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports
This website offers resources in both English and Spanish to educate students in grades 3 through 12 about the impacts of opioids. The resources include digital lessons, virtual field trips, and educator guides. Source: DEA/Discovery Education
This website offers resources on the role of student assistance professionals, such as teachers with behavioral expertise, school psychologists, and school counselors in providing onsite support for students. Additionally, the resources show different ways educators can share prevention messages with their students’ parents and caregivers, including a free Student Assistance Program Webinar Series and student conversation starter videos and materials. Source: SAMHSA
Below are student lessons and activities to educate teens about the effects and consequences of drug use. Source: NIDA
Audience: Grade levels 9 through 12
Purpose: Promote and increase health literacy.
Duration: 35 minutes
Audience: Grade levels 6 through 12
Purpose: Learn what opioids are, the potential dangers of opioids, and how to use opioids safely.
Duration: 1 class period
- Audience: Grade levels 5 through 9
- Purpose: Explain how prescription pain medicines and opioids change the brain's communication centers and cause effects. This booklet is part of the Mind Matters series focused on easy-to-understand scientific facts.
- Duration: 1-2 class period(s)
online course, and
message guide (PDF) aim to equip youth-serving providers and organizations with helpful tools and resources to support meaningful substance use prevention conversations. Source:
National Council for Mental Wellbeing