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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