In the Massapequas, over 80% of youth (grades 7 to 12) reported playing on a school athletic team, running, cheering or exercising on their own (2015 YDS Survey). In addition, 33% of youth (grades 7 to 12) reported being treated for an injury or surgery where they were prescribed pain medication (2018 PFS Survey). When athletes are prescribed pain medication after an injury or surgery, they may receive opioids, which can be misused or abused if not monitored carefully.
Opioids & Sports is distributed by Massapequa Takes Action Coalition (MTAC) and outlines key facts regarding the dangers associated with prescription opioids. The booklet outlines factors to consider and questions to ask your doctor if your child is prescribed opioids as well as the importance of Securing Monitoring and Disposing of unnecessary medications (at any Nassau County Police Precinct).
Parents and caregivers should always consult with their child’s doctor regarding prescription medications.
Click here for MTAC's Opioids and Sports Handbook.