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The Hard Truth I'm An Adult. What Should I Know? I'm a Teen/Young Adult. What Can I Do? Resources

At a Glance

In 2017, more than 70,237 people died in the U.S. from drug overdoses; 47,600 of those deaths were the result of opioids

On average, there were approximately 130 opioid overdose deaths each day in 2017

More than 2,050 people died in Massachusetts in 2017 - nearly SIX people a day

Age Adjusted Overdose Fatalities By State

NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality

Our Goal

#ResistTheRisk is an awareness campaign designed to inform the public and spark conversation about the dangers and consequences of opioid abuse - prescription pills, heroin, and fentanyl - that is plaguing our communities and leaving too many of our neighbors, friends, and loved ones behind bars, or worse, dead.

Recreational use of opioids, particularly among youth, has led to a dramatic increase in addiction and opioid-related deaths. We need a real conversation about why people try opioids, and why it is critical that they #ResistTheRisk. 

Your Choices Matter. Here's Why: 

80% of heroin users began by abusing prescription pain meds (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids)

1 in 4 TEENS has reported misusing or abusing a prescription drug at least once (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids)

85% of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts in 2017 involved fentanyl (MA Dept. of Public Health)

Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Missouri reported the highest percentages of opioid overdose deaths involving fentanyl - approx. 60%–90%" (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 11/3/17)

Counterfeit pills are made to look like legitimate presciption pills, but often contain deadly fentanyl  (DEA)

16 out of every 1,000 babies born in MA is drug-dependent. Well above the national average (MA Health Policy Commission)

In 2015, the economic cost of the opioid crisis in the United States was $504 BILLION (WhiteHouse.gov

Join Our Campaign - #ResistTheRisk

Help spark a conversation in your community by sharing our messages (attached below) through social media or print. Share with your schools, businesses, offices, police departments, recreational facilities, and other locations.

Nearly 6 Massachusetts Residents Die Every Day from Opioid Overdoses

Designed by Artists For Humanity

 Keep your name off the next headstone. Pain Pill Overdose

Designed by Artists For Humanity 

Spot the Difference. The pill you take at a party or buy on the street could be fake and could contain deadly chemicals

Designed by Artists For Humanity

In Need of Treatment?

Massachusetts Substance Abuse Helpline - 800-327-5050

SAMHSA: Substance Abuse Treatment Services Locator


#ResistTheRisk is sponsored by the U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Massachusetts 

Updated January 18, 2019

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