Educators, coaches, mentors, employers, fellow coworkers and a myriad of other influential individuals are in unique positions to influence youth in a school setting, as well as individuals within the workplace. These roles are important in setting appropriate examples, knowing “safe places” where ideas and opinions can be shared, and in providing information about crucial issues that adolescents as well as adults will likely face. The information contained on this web page is intended for use by School & Work Leaders in order to facilitate open and honest conversations about the harmful effects of substance use, which can lead to addiction and, in some cases, overdose.
This page includes information for educating youth as well as adults about substance use disorders, overdose risks, the opioid overdose antidote (naloxone), and the hope that recovery is possible. Be open, be informed, and most important, be available.
- 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
- Signs & Symptoms of 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
- Overdose Prevention and The Good Samaritan Law, a detailed video developed by the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission
- 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.
- Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Drugs Abuse: a collection of resources about commonly abused drugs, drug facts and information on substance use disorders
- Drugs of Abuse, a video developed by the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission, describing the categories of drugs that are most commonly abused.
- StreetDrugs.org, a resource full of information on common street drugs, what they look like and what trends are on the rise
- Medical and Psychiatric Complications of Commonly Used Drugs
- Drug Identification, another video developed by the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission, explaining how to identify some of the most common illegal drugs.
- Emerging Trends, a page from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is regularly updated with new and popular drugs
- Synthetic Marijuana, a page created to provide information and resources about Synthetic Marijuana.
- Prevent Overdose at Home: Drug Take Back
- PA Drug Take Back: keeping old prescriptions can pose a danger to your family, and improper disposal can pose a danger to the environment. Use this link to find locations at which you can drop off old prescription medications for safe disposal
- Safe Disposal of Medicine, further information on safe medicine disposal from the FDA
- Resources for Students and Educators
- Just Think Twice Pittsburgh, a website developed by the DEA, providing informational resources for students.
- Pennsylvania Student Assistance Programs, the state portal for SAP program information, including its mission and available trainings
- Student Assistance Programs, an informational page developed for students and educators.
- Free Resources for Educators, a collection of resources for each grade level from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict, a documentary developed by the FBI and DEA, aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction.
- Resources for Parents
- Get Smart Pittsburgh, a website developed by the DEA, providing informational resources for parents, caregivers and educators.
- NIDA for Teens: Parents, a collection of resources to help parents talk to their children about drugs and treatment
- Parents LEAD, tips and resources to help parents talk to their children about substance use and underage drinking
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a site dedicated to supporting families to help reduce substance use
- DrugFreeWorld, a resource for videos and printable materials for educators.
- Parents and Addiction, an informational video developed by the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission
- Resources for Employees and Employers
- Employee Assistance Programs, an informational page developed for employees and employers.
- Finding Treatment
- Act 53 Explained, a page from the Allegheny County website that describes Act 53, an act that allows families or guardians of minor children to commit them involuntarily to drug and alcohol treatment.
- 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).
- Support Services
- 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)
- The Recovery Process