Opioid and substance use prevention resources for young adults.
Young adults (ages 18–25) may use drugs for a variety of reasons. However, using drugs for any reason can lead to drug misuse or accidental overdose. Drug misuse can result in dependency, overdose, or other negative health effects. If you are concerned that you or someone in your life may be misusing drugs, there are resources available to help. It is important to know that asking for help is normal. Below are resources available to help you understand substance misuse, substance use disorder, how to talk to friends who may be struggling with substance misuse, and get help.
This website offers resources to help young adults who may be concerned about themselves or someone they know who uses substances or struggles with mental health. Source:
This guide provides information about tips about opioids, including what to do if you have extra pills around the house, and how to tell if a friend is misusing opioids. Source: Campus Drug Prevention,
United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
This guide includes conversation starters for talking to a friend who is showing signs of substance misuse. Source:
This website provides youth-focused resources and opportunities that inspire and empower young people to make a difference in their lives and in the world around them by improving their knowledge and leadership skills.
This video discusses the health risks and unintended consequences of mixing substances like alcohol and prescription medications. Source:
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
This video explores why many people find it difficult to control or stop drug use. Source:
Learn how California community colleges and universities are providing overdose prevention education and naloxone on campuses.
This website provides resources on opioid and non-opioid treatments for chronic pain, and for discussing treatment options with your doctor.
This website offers resources for safer and managed drug use to prevent death, injury, disease, and overdose.
Confidentially and anonymously find information for substance misuse treatment and mental health support. Source: