As parents, family and friends of those with a substance use disorder, we don’t know what we don’t know. Here are a few resources to help us better understand what we are up against. We encourage you to keep an open mind while learning more about this epidemic:



  • Learn about the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) here.
  • The Oxycontin Express

In this Peabody Award-winning edition of Vanguard, correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to South Florida – the Colombia of prescription drugs – to expose a bustling pill pipeline that stretches from the beaches of Ft.Lauderdale to the rolling hills of Appalachia.

  • OxyContin – Time Bomb

It was touted as a miracle pill: a narcotic pain reliever that could change the lives of people suffering from chronic pain, but with little – so its maker claimed, and thousands of doctors believed – risk of addiction.

Since OxyContin was introduced in 1996, Canada has recorded the second-highest number of prescription opioid painkiller addictions – and the world’s second-highest death rate from overdoses.


  • Pangaro Global Training – Parental Drug Awareness



  • Adults get a good dose of knowledge about prescription drug abuse among adolescents through this MEDucation Kit. This comprehensive kit teaches parents lessons on the problem of abuse and the solutions available.