Opioid Awareness

Opioid Addiction Resources

The opioid crisis has become a public health emergency with more than 110 Americans dying daily from opioid-related overdose. CSIP and the Partnership for Drug Free Kids are working with partners and stakeholders to raise awareness about the dangers of misuse of opioids and provide additional resources that respond to the ongoing crisis of opioid addiction in the U.S. This is a nationwide problem that requires a nationwide effort. At the same time, we are working closely with state government partners in North Carolina, Connecticut and others states promoting local responses to the crisis as well. Central to our efforts are the resources found on this page and our sponsored web platform for resourcing families and consumers in the fight against opioid and other prescription drug abuse – MedicineSafe.org.

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Tools and information about prescription drugs & fighting addiction.

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About the Partnership for Drug Free Kids

One-on-One Child Substance Abuse Help
Our collaborator, the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, has trained and caring master’s-level counselors ready to help any parent struggling with a child’s drug or alcohol use. They are here to listen, help you find answers and make an action plan. Call the Helpline, connect via live chat or email us to get help. All communications are free and confidential.

Addiction Support Resources

 

AP-NORC Study: Americans Recognize the Growing Problem of Opioid Addiction

More Americans see opioid addiction as a significant issue for their community today than in 2016, according to a recent survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Forty-three percent of Americans say the use of prescription pain drugs is a serious problem in their community, up from 33 percent two years ago. Additionally, 37 percent see heroin as a serious concern locally, up from 32 percent in 2016. Read More

APhA Opioid Use, Abuse and Misuse Resource Center

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The American Pharmacists Association, through its Opioid Use, Abuse and Misuse Resource Center, works to engage pharmacists and other health professionals in the latest recommendations and guidance on opioid drug abuse prevention, education, and assistance. Includes resource guides, training webinars, opioid news alerts, and more.

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CRC Health Group: Protecting Teens from Prescription Drug Abuse

Medicine Cabinet Graphic with Safety Tips

Nearly 2,500 teens begin abusing prescription drugs each day (source: SAMHSA). The CRC Health Group created this infographic to increase awareness about the potential dangers of prescription medications. They also provide tips for prescription drug safety and provide a search feature to find a treatment facility for those struggling with prescription drug addiction.

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Fact Sheet: Opioid Addiction and Older Adults

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

As people approach retirement, various life changes can lead to an increase in prescription drug abuse. These life changes – like divorce, an empty nest, or the loss of a parent or a spouse – may lead a person to feel more socially isolated and turn to addictive substances as a means to self-medicate difficult feelings and emotions. Retirement also can prompt anxiety and stress. As older individuals approach these transitional life events, it is important for family members to be actively aware of any changes in their behavior that may reflect opioid misuse.

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Fact Sheet: Opioids – What They Are and How They Work

Prescription opioids can be used appropriately, as prescribed by a doctor, in a couple ways. They can be taken orally in their original pill form, or they can be administered by an oral film patch, which dissolves in the mouth. Opioids can also be administered  intravenously, in cases of pain management. Prescription opioids can be misused a number of ways, too.

View the resource from Shatterproof.

Fact Sheet: Over-the-Counter Medicine

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are those that can be sold directly to people without a prescription. OTC medicines treat a variety of illnesses and their symptoms including pain, coughs and colds, diarrhea, constipation, acne, and others. Some OTC medicines have active ingredients with the potential for misuse at higher-than-recommended dosages.

Misuse of an OTC medicine means taking medicine in a way or dose other than directed on the package, taking medicine for the effect it causes— for example, to get high, or mixing OTC medicines together to create new products.

View the fact sheet from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Fact Sheet: Preventing Teen Prescription Medicine Abuse

According to research conducted by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, one in four teens say they have taken a prescription medicine – that was not prescribed to them — at least once in their lifetime. This behavior cuts across geographic, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic boundaries. Two-thirds (66 percent) of teens who report abuse of prescription pain relievers are getting them from friends, family and acquaintances.

View the fact sheet from the Partnership and The Medicine Abuse Project.

How To Navigate the Addiction Treatment System

Realizing that your teen or young adult child needs help for his or her substance use can be scary and overwhelming, and chances are you have no idea where to begin. There is no one-size-fits-all answer so it can take a fair amount of research to figure out what type of help your child needs, and how to get it. No matter where you are emotionally, mentally or physically, our collaborator, the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, can help.

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Infographic & HHS Resources for Addressing the Prescription Drug & Heroin Overdose Epidemic

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Opioids are natural or synthetic chemicals that bind to receptors in your brain or body. Common opioids include heroin and prescription drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl.

The United States is in the midst of a prescription opioid overdose epidemic. On October 26, 2017, HHS Acting Secretary declared a public health emergency to address the national opioid crisis. Each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 140 Americans die from drug overdoses, 91 specifically due to opioids. 52,404 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2015, and preliminary numbers indicate at least 64,000 died in 2016.  Read More

Infographic: Safely Disposing of Unused Opioids

Some medicines may be especially harmful and, in some cases, fatal with just one dose if they are used by someone other than the person for whom the medicine was prescribed. Unused medicines are a main source for misuse and overdose. 40.5 percent of those who misused prescription pain relievers in 2015 said that they obtained the medicine from a friend or relative. Accidental exposure to and improper disposal
of fentanyl patches are also a risk, especially for young children who could put it in their
mouth or on their skin.

View the infographic from Allied Against Opioid Abuse.