Resources For Parents

Fentanyl poisoning is real and happening far too often to pre-teens and teens in our area. It is important that we are educating and spreading awareness to our youth. As a parent, it is crucial to have these realistic discussions.  We are providing tips, resources and more to get the conversations started.

The Importance of Communication

No parent is expected to know everything about drugs and how their use can affect the lives of our children. That’s okay. Even if you feel you don’t have all the answers, just start the conversations from where you are. Get informed, keep it casual and make your expectations clear.

If you suspect your child has started using, it’s important for parents to understand why their child might have turned to alcohol, cannabis, or other drugs in the first place – kids will try substances for a number of different reasons, including as a way to cope with the stress and anxiety they may be feeling.

We are providing you with conversation facts for parents to help guide the discussion, including fake vs real pill images to spot the difference and real-life scenarios your child could find themselves in. 

Steps to Start the Conversation



Pick a neutral time with no distractions.



Be open and calm. 



Be prepared and focus on the conversation.



Give scientific facts and explain the reality and risks.



Educate on naloxone, including how to use it and where to get it.



Express your love and care.

Tips For Parents

Take time to learn the facts

Before talking to your child, educate yourself on fake prescription pills and fentanyl poisoning. Then have ongoing conversations with your child, (that are appropriate to their age) about the risks to their physical and mental health.

Talk with your pre-teen or teen.

While shopping or riding in the car, casually ask them how things are going at school, about their friends, what their plans are for the weekend, etc. Occasionally check-in to see how they are doing, emotionally and mentally, and help them feel safe by actively listening to what they are saying.

Remind your child that you will always support them, No Matter What.

Don’t always focus on the negative outcomes

Try and encourage more healthy behaviours, and talk about the positive possibilities of having a variety of choices and opportunities when they’re older.

Encourage their participation in doing the things they love

Engage your teen in creative after-school activities. Encourage their participation in supervised educational programs or a sports league.

Get to know your teen’s friends and their parents

Invite them over for dinner or talk with them at your teen’s soccer practice, dance rehearsal, or other activities. Stay in touch with the trusted adults your child knows (camp counselors, coaches, employers, teachers). That will make it easier to ask and have them inform you if they’ve noticed any changes in your teen’s behaviour.

You're Not Alone

Addressing these issues with your children can be very overwhelming and taxing on you as parent. Just know that you are not alone. There are many resources to help.

Recovery Oriented Systems of Care

Providing access to services, treatment, recovery support and drug-free sober activities.  “Walk-in” Drug  and Alcohol Assessments are available at any one of the Recovery Centers below.


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