Anyone Can Become Addicted to Drugs – The National Institute on Drug Abuse provides this brief overview of addiction as an equal opportunity disease.
The film, Chasing the Dragon: A Life of An Opiate Addict, provides graphic first-person accounts told by individuals who have abused opioids or whose children have abused opioids with tragic consequences. The introductory video providing the background and intent of the film may be viewed above or view full length here.
Local stories of Hope and Recovery by Marsha, Joe and Jerod, respectively, can be viewed below:
The Words We Use Matter. Reducing Stigma through Language. The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (naabt.org) has developed a useful guide about the language we use and why it matters.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides a resource guide for substances that are commonly misused
The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring (OSAM) Network monitors substance use trends in Ohio and produces several publications.
Generation Rx: Preventing the Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Medications is a toolkit to be used by pharmacists, pharmacy students and other health professionals to provide community presentations about this serious and growing public health problem. The toolkit contains a simple set of PowerPoint slides with talking points, a handout containing key messages, and frequently asked questions. Supplemental toolkit materials also include a quiz for program participants, and a commitment card.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has some excellent resources for parents.
The Partnership for Drug Free Kids offers parents and family members free guides and downloads. They also offer a helpline for parents: 1-855-DRUGFREE.
Start Talking! Ohio has many resources for parents in order to have the important conversations to prevent drug and/or drug use. The site also has materials for businesses and employees in order to fight substance abuse in the Business Impact Zone BIZ section.
The Gap Network provides education, support and advocacy to families impacted by the consequences of substance abuse.
Generation Rx offers educational resources to help prevent the misuse of prescription medications for people of all ages
Recovery is Beautiful: The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities developed this website to celebrate those in recovery and outline the framework for moving Ohio’s Behavioral Health system to a Recovery-Oriented System of Care.
Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery (OCAAR): Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating social change in Ohio.