Saugus Police Department

Saugus Police Offer Tips to Parents to Prevent Opioid Addiction Among Children

Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 19, 2015

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-666-2012

Contact: Jessica Sacco
Phone: 978-769-5193

Saugus Police Offer Tips to Parents to Prevent Opioid Addiction Among Children

SAUGUS — Police Chief Domenic DiMella and the Saugus Police Department are offering tips to parents to prevent children from becoming addicted to opioids and to recognize the signs of dependence.

“Opioid addiction in Massachusetts has reached frightening levels,” Chief DiMella said. “Anything we can do as a department to better educate our community, especially parents, about the risks and signs of addiction, is a step toward ending this epidemic.”

Young adults may develop a dependence on opiods as the result of taking a prescription to treat an injury, access to painkillers at home, or borrowing them from friends. Commonly prescribed opioids include Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, and Fentanyl. While these medications are effective when prescribed and taken appropriately, they can be abused and lead to addiction, overdose, or the use of other drugs.

To prevent abuse, Chief DiMella recommends that parents:

Disposing of unused prescription rugs:

Signs your child may be abusing or misusing opioids:

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Anyone who experiments with these powerful medications is at risk of becoming addicted or overdosing. If you suspect your child may be having a problem with prescription opioids or heroin, call the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline (800-327-5050). They will provide free and confidential information about substance abuse, education, and counseling resources for adolescents, families and adults. For more information, visit