Help End the Heroin Epidemic

Heroin use more than doubledWe are facing an epidemic in our country. Heroin and other opioids are ravaging our communities. Deaths from heroin increased 248% between 2010 and 2014. More Americans die from drug overdoses than in car crashes, and this increasing trend is driven by Rx painkillers.

Too many families are struggling and don’t know where to turn. Enough is enough. It’s time to raise awareness about what is happening around us every day, and to help prevent and treat opioid use and addiction.

With funding and support from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs) in the eastern United States, we launched a comprehensive resource to help families and communities address the country’s growing heroin and prescription drug crisis.

This new resource Heroin and Other Opioids: From Understanding to Action, provides parents with information, support for their family, and treatment resources for their loved one.

It can be hard to understand how someone can go from prescription pain medicine to heroin. The resources short, powerful, animated film explains this progression while illustrating the epidemic’s devastation to communities.

The mobile-friendly resource also includes:
• Facts about heroin’s risks and effects
• A guide on what medications can be abused
• An interactive infographic that shows one teen’s path from painkiller abuse to heroin
• Information on safeguarding and disposal of unused, expired medications
• Help for a loved one struggling with an opioid addiction treatment locators
• A medication-assisted treatment e-Book explaining the medications that can help with an opioid addiction: Methadone, Buprenorphine and Naltrexone
• Help for communities creating a plan for safe drug disposal
• A community education presentation titled “Heroin and Other Opioids: From Understanding to Action” that can be delivered by local law enforcement and their community partners.
• A directory of state substance abuse agencies and initiatives to address heroin and other opioids

Heroin & Other Opioids

Gain an understanding of this vital issue and how you and others in your community can take action to affect change.

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    Asha

    April 4, 2018 at 2:32 PM

    It’s great to educate people on the opioid and other substances crisis but what we lack is money from our governments. We lack the treatment centres and staff that need to be able to run these places. I know that even when an addict wants help they are most likely to be put on a waiting list which needs to be recognized as when “the addict” wants help they need that help that moment and by the end of that day. Instead they are being put on waiting lists anywhere from 5-90( which by then could be too late) days…when an addict wants help they need it as soon as they ask.

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    Kathleen Wicks

    April 13, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    How can I get involved tangibly in the fight of this epidemic. I don’t have money to just donate. My 19 year old daughter is dead. And I feel as powerless as when she was alive.

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