The Massachusetts Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness

Information for Adults, Parents & Guardians

The Massachusetts Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness aims to promote healthy choices and educate students about the dangers of opioid use. We strongly encourage parents to be involved in the event. If you would like to attend, please contact your school about registration. We also encourage parents to view the film, If Only, before attending, as it does deal with sensitive content. To view the film and for more information on the growing opioid crisis, please see below.

View the If Only movie trailer:


Facts about Opioids:

1,531 unintentional overdose deaths occurred in Massachusetts during the year 2015. Current estimates for the first 6 months of 2016 are higher than the first six months of 2015 MA DPH Data Brief: Opioid-related Overdose Deaths Among Massachusetts Residents
Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as the licit prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others.
American Society of Addiction Medicine: Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts and Figures
Every day, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.Center for Disease Control Drug Overdose Data

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