On October 26, 2017 HHS Acting Secretary Declared a Public Health Emergency to Address 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.
Get more information to raise your awareness The intent of this film is to help curb the needless continuation of the epidemic involving opiate addiction. We hope these resources assist you.
Painkillers, Narcotic Misuse, and Addiction
The addict is invisible. This is the unfortunate reality of this epidemic.
When drugs go unused they need to be disposed of properly.
Opioid Treatment Program Directory
Find treatment programs in your state that treat addiction and dependence on opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers, at dpt2.samhsa.gov/treatment/.
SAMHSA's National Helpline
Also known as, the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of more than 150 crisis centers.
Veteran's Crisis Line
Connects veterans in crisis (and their families and friends) with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
Disaster Distress Helpline
Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after any natural or human-caused disaster. Call this toll-free number to be connected to the nearest crisis center for information, support, and counseling.
Assists employers and union representatives with policy development, drug testing, employee assistance, employee education, supervisor training, and program implementation.
Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
Find alcohol, drug, or mental health treatment facilities and programs around the country at findtreatment.samhsa.gov.
Buprenorphine Physician & Treatment Program Locator
Find information on locating physicians and treatment programs authorized to treat opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers, at www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/physician-program-data/treatment-physician-locator.
Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator
Find treatment programs in your state that treat recent onset of serious mental illnesses such as psychosis, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, and other conditions at www.samhsa.gov/esmi-treatment-locator.
Start Your Recovery is a groundbreaking website developed by bringing together experts in substance misuse treatment from leading nonprofit, academic, and government institutions. Through this resource, individuals can hear stories from people with similar experiences, discover the answers they need for recognizing and dealing with substance misuse, and locate support. You can learn more about us here.
Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) have a 13 times higher risk for suicide than those without OUD. To spread awareness we recently published an educational guide on suicide and OUD, high-risk populations, causes, prevention, what to do if a loved one is showing signs of being at risk of self-harm or suicide, and more.
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Increased social support can help to minimize the risk for both opioid misuse and suicide.
Physicians often prescribe opioid painkillers for women after either vaginal birth or cesarean and in many situations, they lead to persistent use, especially when paired with postpartum depression.