Heroin & the Opioid Epidemic: From Understanding to Action

Heroin and other opioids are ravaging communities across America. Heroin-related deaths increased by more than five times between 2010 and 2017, and drug deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are seeing a sharp rise as well. The time to take action against the epidemic is now.

Take steps to protect your family and community.

Talk with Your

Make sure the teens and young adults in your life understand the dangers of medicine abuse, and the risks of opioid addiction. Get tips on how to talk about it.

Get Help for a Loved One

Is your child struggling with prescription pain pills or other opioids? From finding treatment to being prepared with Naloxone, start getting the support and help you need to better help your child.

Safeguard Your Home

Keeping medications secure, and properly disposing what goes unused are keys to preventing the type of medicine abuse that can lead to opioid addiction. Learn how.


Lives saved as the result of Narcan kits given to friends and family to reverse deadly opioid overdose.

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He was prescribed opiates for pain. No one ever told us how highly addictive these drugs were.

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What if My Son or Daughter is Already Struggling with Opioid Use?


Think your child might have a problem with prescription medicine abuse? We’re to help. Learn what to do next.

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How Can I Protect My Child from Fentanyl?

Fentanyl vs. Heroin: Two potentially fatal dosages

Deaths from fentanyl rose a staggering 72% in just one year. If your son or daughter has an opioid addiction, here are five things to know to keep your child safe.

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