Overdose deaths have increased by 300% in the U.S. in the past ten years. Forty-one thousand deaths from overdose occur each year in the U.S. (Paulozzi, 2012), with an estimated 2,300 of these deaths occurring in Pennsylvania (Hickton Task Force, 2014). Family members, community groups, mentors, clergy, and others who are close to an individual at risk of overdose (or who are interested in learning more about overdose) can use this web page to find out about overdose rescue and recovery, local initiatives, and how to use the overdose antidote, naloxone. Remember, Recovery is Possible!
What to look for
How to talk about it
How to get help
- Overdose Overview
- Overdose Basics, a page from International Overdose Awareness Day's site with text descriptions of different types of overdoses
- What is an Overdose? a brief explanation of what an overdose is with a depiction of how opioid overdose works
- Learn About Naloxone, a page on OverdoseFreePA with information on the safe and effective drug that can reverse an opioid overdose
- Addiction as a disease
- Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
- Neonatal Abstinence Syndrom, an overview of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and information for mothers and family members
- Recognizing Hazardous Substance Use or a Substance Use Disorder
- Overdose Prevention, Recognition and Response
- Recognizing an Overdose (and Knowing How to Help), a PowerPoint presentation on overdose recognition and response
- Five Essential Steps for First Responders, a detailed guide on how to respond to an overdose from SAMHSA, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Safety Advice for Patients & Family Members, a toolkit for families by SAMHSA
- Opioid Safety and Overdose Rescue Brochure
- DEA 360 Strategy The Drug Enforcement Administration's comprehensive approach to tackling the cycle of drug trafficking, drug violence, and drug abuse.
- Overdose Prevention and The Good Samaritan Law, a detailed video developed by the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission
- Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Drugs Abuse: a collection of resources about commonly abused drugs, drug facts and information on substance use disorders
- Medical and Psychiatric Complications of Commonly Used Drugs
- Emerging Trends, a page from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is regularly updated with new and popular drugs
- Drugs of Abuse, a video developed by the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission, describing the categories of drugs that are most commonly abused.
- Synthetic Marijuana, a page created to provide information and resources about Synthetic Marijuana.
- Drug Identification, another video developed by the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission, explaining how to identify some of the most common illegal drugs.
- Heroin and other Opioids: From Understanding to Action, An informational page created by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, providing information and helpful resources regarding heroin and other opioids.
- Talking with your Child
- Get Smart Pittsburgh, a website developed by the DEA, providing informational resources for parents, caregivers and educators.
- Just Think Twice Pittsburgh, a website developed by the DEA, providing informational resources for students.
- NIDA for Teens: Parents, a collection of resources to help parents talk to their children about drugs and treatment
- Parents LEAD, a regularly updated Facebook page and blog, provides information for how to talk to kids at every age
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a site dedicated to supporting families to help reduce substance use
- Parents and Addiction, an informational video developed by the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission
- Talking with an Adult
- "How do I know if my friend or loved one has a substance use problem?" a resource page from the National Institute of Drug Abuse
- Act 53 Explained, a page that describes Act 53, which allows families or guardians of minor children to commit them involuntarily to drug and alcohol treatment.
- Local Treatment Resources, a listing of contact information for many of the Single County Authorities for drug and alcohol treatment throughout PA. These agencies often provide screenings, trainings and can connect you or a loved one to excellent local resources and support.
- National Treatment Locator, a tool by SAMHSA that allows you to search for treatment near you
- Medication Assisted Treatment, a page developed to provide various informational resources about Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).
- The Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program (SAP), support and assistance for children in their schools
- Find an Alcoholics Anonymous support group
- Find a Narcotics Anonymous support group
- Find an Al-Anon or Alateen support group (these groups are dedicated to supporting family and friends of those with substance use disorders)
- Find a Nar-Anon or Narateen support group (similar to Al-Anon, these groups support those affected by the addictions of others)
- Parent Support Network at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a system of care for parents whose teen and young adult children are struggling with drugs and alcohol.
- Parent Support Network, an informational flyer created by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
- Get Help to Help Your Loved One, an informational flyer created by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, providing information for a non-crisis support line staffed by bi-lingual parent specialists who can answer questions and provide direction to concerned parents.
- The Support Group Project brings together a strong community of support by allowing you to search through local programs in your area and find one that most fits your needs.
- Recovering from Opioid Overdose, a SAMHSA toolkit to help you get started on finding the right recovery resources
- The official website of Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART), provides information and resources about addiction support groups
- The Addiction Recovery Guide, provides a variety of informational resources regarding drug and alcohol addiction recovery
- The New Beginnings Drug Rehab website evaluates non-faith based drug rehab programs, providing detailed information about such programs.
- The official website of the Assisted Recovery Centers of America details various aspects of the non-faith based recovery programs that they offer.
- Recovery from Addiction, a video developed by the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission