No community is immune to heroin or prescription opioid addiction. Heroin abuse and misuse is a problem in rural, suburban and urban communities across the state. Public awareness and community involvement are key factors in addressing this problem.
When a community joins together to address a serious issue, such as opioid and heroin addiction, they can accomplish great things. No one can stop this problem by themselves. Coming together to address the problem of opioid and heroin addiction is an important step in combating this issue.
- Contact your local OASAS prevention provider.
- Contact your local educator and health care professional. Share the attached communication.
- Talk to your local Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
- Talk to your school officials and teachers about how you can support their efforts.
- Promote medication drop box sites and any special events to dispose of unused and expired medications properly.
- Consider taking an opioid overdose prevention training in which you would receive naloxone
- Learn more about the Role of non-Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Fire Departments in Addressing Opioid Overdoses.
- To seek help for you, a family member or friend, call the OASAS HOPEline at 1-877-846-7369.