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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?

Why This Matters to YOU

More than 53,000 people died in the U.S. in 2016 from opioid overdoses - more than the entire population of the City of Revere. 

More than 2,100 died in Massachusetts in 2016 - nearly SIX people a day.

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)

People who are addicted to prescription drugs are 40 TIMES more likely to become addicted to heroin (CDC Foundation, Business Pulse)

69% of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts in 2016 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 2013, prescription opioid dependence cost the United States $78.5 BILLION. That doesn't include heroin or fentanyl! (CDC Foundation, Business Pulse)

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

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 Keep your name off the next headstone. Pain Pill Overdose

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

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The First Weeks of My Life Were Spent in Detox. Opioid withdrawal = Tremors. Irritability. Vomiting. Seizures. Trouble Feeding.

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For more information on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome:

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 and the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division

Updated December 7, 2017

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