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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC AT A GLANCE - FACT SHEET
This PDF gives an overview of the prescription painkiller epidemic and provides quick facts. Please feel free to use this information and share with others.
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.
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.
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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