This first-of-its kind online portal and database serves individuals and families in a time of need. The platform provides a self-assessment tool, a plan builder and a database of local resources available across the country.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services hosts a treatment and referral service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (1-800-662-4357), as well as an extensive online resource center and opioid program directory.
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
CADCA provides numerous resources for community leaders working to address the crisis, including an online toolkit for addressing substance use disorders in veteran populations, and much more.
ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR
ABOUT HOW TO USE A PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION BEFORE TAKING IT.
BE SURE TO FOLLOW DOSING
DON'T MIX MEDICATIONS WITHOUT FIRST CHECKING WITH YOUR DOCTOR. NEVER MIX PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS WITH ALCOHOL.
DON’T TAKE SOMEONE ELSE’S
One of the best things we can all do to help address the nation’s addiction crisis is to safely dispose of unneeded unused prescription medications. There are several options:
YOU CAN USE HOUSEHOLD MATERIALS TO DISPOSE OF YOUR UNUSED MEDICATIONS. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS MIX YOUR MEDICINES WITH KITTY LITTER OR OLD COFFEE GROUNDS IN AN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER AND DISPOSE OF IT IN YOUR TRASH CAN.
YOU CAN VISIT A DRUG TAKEBACK CENTER IN YOUR COMMUNITY. CLICK HERE TO FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU.
YOU CAN USE A HOME DISPOSAL KIT – YOU’LL PUT UNUSED MEDICATIONS IN THE INCLUDED POUCH, ADD WATER, SEAL AND DISPOSE OF IT IN THE TRASH.
To learn more about safe use and storage of prescription medication at home, download a helpful brochure from Zero Left.
ALWAYS KEEP PRESCRIPTION
MEDICATIONS IN A LOCKED OR
SECURE PLACE – AND ALWAYS OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.
HAVE A FAMILY CONVERSATION
ABOUT THE DANGERS OF MISUSING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.
NEVER SHARE MEDICATIONS WITH FAMILY MEMBERS.
ONCE YOU ARE FINISHED USING A PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION AS
DIRECTED BY A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL, YOU SHOULD SAFELY DISPOSE OF IT RATHER THAN KEEP IT IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET FOR FUTURE USE.
THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO EASILY AND SAFELY DISPOSE OF UNUSED MEDICATIONS RIGHT AT HOME.
LEARN MORE BELOW.
INCREASE IN FATIGUE OR DROWSINESS
RAPID WEIGHT LOSS
DECLINE IN PERSONAL HYGIENE
WEARING LONG SLEEVES REGARDLESS OF THE SEASON
UNEXPLAINED ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL OR WORK
LOSS OF INTEREST IN HOBBIES
A DROP IN GRADES OR PERFORMANCE AT WORK
SPENDING LESS TIME WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY
HANGING OUT WITH A NEW FRIEND GROUP
IN THE HOME:
MISSING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS
EMPTY PILL BOTTLES
PARAPHERNALIA, SUCH AS SYRINGES, SHOE LACES OR RUBBER HOSE, KITCHEN SPOONS, ALUMINUM FOIL, STRAWS, LIGHTERS