ATHLETES AND INJURIES
Prescription drug abuse among students, especially student athletes, is at an all time high.
- 17,000+ young adults died from a prescription drug overdose in 2014—a 4x increase from 1999.
- 9 out of 10 Americans who meet the medical criteria for addiction started smoking, drinking, or using drugs before age 18.
- 1 in 20 kids aged 9-17 are diagnosed with major depression, which can lead to substance abuse.
Real Sports examines how prescription painkillers can sometimes lead young athletes to a life of addiction in this segment entitled “Hooked” .
FROM STUDENT ATHLETE TO HEROIN ADDICT
Young athletes may be at risk of addiction to painkillers after an injury. CBS News’ reports on two former athletes trying to get their lives back on track.
RISK FACTORS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO
These RISK FACTORS may lead to substance abuse and other destructive behaviors:
- Academic, social and other pressure
- Mental health issues
- Early first use of substances
- Sports and other injuries
- Friends and family abusing substances
- Family history of addiction
- Problems in school or home
- Learning disabilities
- Negative social media influences
Identifying risk factors and early intervention can save lives…
What You Can Do:
- Monitor prolonged use of prescribed painkillers after a sports or other injury.
- Talk about the potential risks and impact of alcohol, illicit and legal drug abuse.
- Allow failure and support learning from mistakes, which builds resilience.
- Encourage stress reduction techniques.
- Model healthy ways to celebrate achievement and accept disappointment.
- Set clear expectations and be consistent in the action you take when they aren’t met.
- Teach methods of standing up to peer pressure.