Students and Young People

A Dose of Reality

In Georgia, more people die from prescription opioid overdoses than all other drugs. But don’t think you and your friends get a pass because you’re young. In recent years, the rate of prescription opioid overdoses has increased in Georgia among young people.

What students and young people can do

  • If someone offers you pills that weren’t prescribed to you, say no. Encourage that person to dispose of them properly.
  • Never offer your own prescription opioids to someone else. Be sure to lock them up or store them safely, out of reach of others.
  • If you find prescription opioids at home, leave them alone. Better yet, ask the person whose name is on the label to lock them up or dispose of them if they’re┬áno longer needed or expired.
  • Warn your friends about the dangers of using prescription opioids, including the fact that 4 out of 5 heroin addicts start by using prescription drugs.

Resources for students

Get the facts on the dangers of prescription opioid abuse.

Find out where there’s a Drug Take Back location near you.


Addiction affects people from all walks of life.