Opioid Misuse Prevention – Student Athletes (Packet)
Recent legislation in Massachusetts requires that parents of middle and high school athletes and other adults such as coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, and school nurses receive educational materials on the potential dangers of opioid use and misuse. “The educational materials shall also be distributed in written form to all students participating in an extracurricular athletic activity prior to the commencement of their athletic seasons.”* The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) collaborated to provide action steps to help prevent opioid misuse and overdose among student athletes. This brief, 7-page packet also highlights resources for addressing possible alcohol or opioid misuse or addiction.
Below are links to each component of this downloadable resource that parents and caregivers of middle and high school student athletes, coaches, athletic directors, trainers and school nurses can distribute to students involved in extracurricular athletics. There is also a link to an optional video developed by the Office of Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan and Searchlight Films in consultation with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.
*This is not intended to be legal advice.
After clicking on each component to open it, you can go to the bottom of each component and click on the pdf file to get a full size version to print.
To order print versions for free from the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse, please visit: https://massclearinghouse.ehs.state.ma.us/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&S…
This 2-page sheet provides an overview of how to help prevent opioid misuse among student athletes. Prevention and treatment resources are highlighted.
This 2-page sheet provides five tips for injury management if a student athlete gets hurt. While it does not address concussions, a link to the MDPH concussion webpage is provided.
This 2-page sheet provides an overview of what parents or caregivers should do if pain medications are recommended for their athlete, and how medications should be stored and properly disposed of in order to protect youth and pets.
When a student athlete is injured medical, school personnel and parents or guardians should work together to share information about the treatment recommendations and inform the plan for returning to play. This 1-page sheet provides helpful tips on how the key players can help to ensure the injured athlete returns to play in a healthy and safe way.
In this video Dr. Ruth Potee guides athletes, parents and athletic professionals on ways to treat sports injuries while eliminating or reducing the use of opioid-based pain relievers.
This document was designed to help coaches and others involved in high school sports prevent opioid misuse among student athletes. Keep these suggestions, facts, and resources in mind as you meet with your student athletes and their families, and as you work with colleagues. Integrate this information into pre-season meetings, half-time programs, and other events.