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IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, DIAL 911.

You will be protected by Steve’s Law.

 

For an overdose or other poison emergency or question anywhere in the U.S. call 1-800-222-1222.

 

This section contains information about support groups, addiction counseling programs, and medication for treating opioid use disorder.

DOSE OF REALITY - MN RESOURCES AND NETWORK PARTNER

From the office of Minnesota’s Attorney General, Lori Swanson, Dose of Reality is an awareness campaign which aims to bring attention to the proper use, storage, and disposal of prescription drugs. View their site for facts, support, communities and school information, drug takeback and other resources.

View the program’s chilling PSA below.

MN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - OPIOID OVERDOSE PREVENTION & CONTROL

In Minnesota, opioid-related deaths continue to increase, driven by a steady rise in opioid pain reliever deaths and a more recent surge in heroin deaths.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has created resources available for individuals and organizations. Every pharmacy in Minnesota should be carrying and dispensing naloxone to individuals who ask for it. Pharmacists who need a licensed practitioner also have the option of entering into the Board of Pharmacy’s Opiate Antagonist Protocol with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Medical Director, Ruth Lynfield, MD.

In partnership with MDH, the Steve Rummler HOPE Network created several informational videos which can be viewed here.

 

WORRIED YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW MIGHT HAVE A DRUG PROBLEM?

If you’re worried that you or someone important to you might have a drug problem, DrugScreening.org offers a free, online, and totally anonymous quiz to help you find out more about addiction and how it affects people.

CALL 2-1-1

Call 2-1-1 for information on where to get help in your community.
The implementation of 2-1-1 is spearheaded by United Ways and information and referral agencies in states and local communities.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Narcotics Anonymous offers addicts a way to live drug-free. If you are not sure you’re an addict, don’t worry about it; just keep coming to our meetings. You will have all the time you need to make up your own mind.

 

Click here to find an NA meeting.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

 

Click here to find an AA meeting.

LEARN TO COPE (MASSACHUSSETS)

Learn to Cope is a non-profit support network that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs. Founded by Joanne Peterson in 2004, the organization has grown to include over 7000 members as of August 2015, and has become a nationally recognized model for peer support and prevention programming.

NATIONAL TREATMENT FACILITY DIRECTORY

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a national directory of treatment facilities.

 

Click Here to find a program that works for you today.

TREATING OPIOID USE DISORDER WITH MEDICATION

If you have questions or are seeking information related to the role of medication in treating opioid use disorder, the following interactive tool may help. The tool, called Decision in Recovery, was developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and provides treatment options for those with opioid substance use disorders.

 

Click Here to use the interactive tool and accompanying handbook.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

This section contains resources for those who want to know more about opioid abuse. Whether you’re a parent, prescriber, friend, or you yourself struggle with addiction, this section is relevant to you.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PRESCRIPTION OPIODS

This interactive PDF from the National Safety Counsel and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) explains opioids and how they interact with the human body.

LEARN ABOUT THE SIDE EFFECTS OF PAIN MEDICATIONS

Pain medications have both psychological and physical side effects. Understanding them can help you understand the challenges of addiction and give you clues about what to look for if you’re worried someone you know is addicted to opioids. You can learn more about them from Dr. Donald Teater and the National Safety Council.

LEARN ABOUT BUPRENORPHINE

According to the National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT), Buprenorphine (Suboxone®, Subutex®, Zubsolv®, Bunavail, Probuphine®) is an opioid medication used to treat opioid addiction in the privacy of a physician’s office. Buprenorphine can be dispensed for take-home use, by prescription.

 

Click here to learn more.

LEARN ABOUT RESPONSIBLE OPIOID PRESCRIBING

Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) seeks to reduce opioid-related morbidity and mortality by promoting cautious and responsible prescribing practices. Many prescribers underestimate risks of opioids, especially the risk of addiction, and overestimate effectiveness. PROP’s educational materials promote more cautious prescribing by providing clinicians with accurate, evidence-based information about opioid risks and benefits.

 

Click here to learn more.

SEE THE HARD DATA ON THE EPIDEMIC

Carol Falkowski’s Drug Abuse Dialogs is a project dedicated to promoting the conversation around drug abuse. They offer data on drug use trends in Minnesota and other useful information.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a federal-government research institute whose mission is to “lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.” They have resources for medical professionals, patients and families, researchers, and parents and educators.

THOSE WE'VE LOST

Many have the misconception of who the victims of overdose and substance use disorders are. This interactive map, titled “Celebrating Lost Loved Ones” displays those we’ve lost across the nation to remove the stigma, connect each other, and exemplify that they are “everyday people we’ve lost, everywhere”. If you have lost a loved one to an opioid overdose we encourage you to add them to this map. Only by uniting will we have a unified voice and an impact on the epidemic. CLICK HERE if the map does not display below.

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