If you or someone close to you needs help for a substance use disorder, talk to your doctor or call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or go to SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.
Resources and Finding Help
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic
To accompany the program a Family and Community Discussion Guide is available to increase understanding and build awareness. It can be used as a starting point for deeper discussion for a wide range of audiences.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service (English and Spanish) for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
Locate your closest treatment location, learn about substance abuse prevention, access behavioral health treatment and services, find information about prescription drug abuse, and more.
Visit the NIDA website for information, articles and resources on treatment and prevention. Find sections about Drugs of Abuse, Prescription Drugs & Cold Medicine, Opioids and resources available for children, teens, parents, and educators.
Visit the Prescription Drug Abuse section of the National Safety Council website for information, resources and strategies for dealing with the opioid epidemic.
Learn more about the opioid epidemic including the latest data and what you can do to prevent opioid overdose. Resources are available for the general public, patients, healthcare providers and states.
Explore the nation’s opioid crisis, what’s driving it, and effective strategies for combatting it. Users can navigate through chapters that focus on The Problem, The Drugs, The Treatments and New Approaches, as well as find long-form reporting on medically-assisted treatment and NICU babies on opioid withdrawal, video and print explainers on how opioids affect the brain and ways to dispose of pain medication, and a column on how to talk to your kids about opioids.