Opioid Facts for Teens

Article from National Institute on Drug Abuse by Nora D. Volkow, M.D.

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Dr. Nora D. Volkow says, "You might not realize this, but if you have had a sports injury, dental work, or surgery, it is possible your doctor gave you a pain reliever that was actually an opioid medication. While opioids can be very effective at treating pain, they can be very addictive and should only be used under a doctor’s careful watch."

Dr. Nora D. Volkow's goal of this letter is to give teens the facts about the opioid crisis so they can make smart choices.