WHERE CAN I FIND HELP FOR FAMILIES?
Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. The organization works to end stigma and foster a community of support for afflicted families. Shatterproof provides families with evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery and advocates for changes in policy at the federal and state level.
Live4Lali raises awareness of substance use issues among individuals, families and communities to prevent use among youth and minimize the overall health, legal, emotional and social harms among individuals and families impacted by substance use. Taking a harm reduction approach, Live4Lali trains families and first responders how to use Narcan (Naloxone).
Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing was founded to help provide sources of help, compassion and understanding for families or individuals who have lost loved a one due to substance abuse or addiction. Meetings for family members are held throughout the nation.
WHERE CAN I FIND TREATMENT OPTIONS?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the United States. This site includes a helpline 1(800) 662-HELP (4357) and a service locator to find both behavioral health and medication-assisted treatment services for opioid addiction in your community.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers a free parent helpline 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373) that is staffed by counselors who can help guide families to local treatment options. The Partnership offers a free e-book on Medication-Assisted Treatment options.
WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR PRESCRIBING OPIOIDS?
In March 2016, the CDC published new guidelines to help providers determine when and how to prescribe opioids for chronic and acute pain. This site includes links to brochures, apps and fact sheets for providers and patients, as well as videos about opioid types, PSAs and webinars.
The mission of this group is to reduce opioid-related morbidity and mortality by promoting cautious and responsible prescribing practices. The group was co-founded by Andrew Kolodny, MD, - the medical advisor on this documentary.
This initiative of the Surgeon General of the United States aims to raise awareness about opioid addiction and to help healthcare providers identify roles they can play. The site includes information about commonly prescribed opioids and treatments. Healthcare providers are can take a pledge to end the opioid crisis through education and cautious prescribing.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC?
An institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NIDA seeks is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to improve individual and public health. Under the leadership of Nora Volkow, MD, NIDA has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain.
An agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC is dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. This site includes information and statistics about the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic, and background on state prescription drug monitoring programs.