Opioid Abuse Resources
Do you need help right now?
Click here to visit the American Addiction Centers website.
Help on how to intervene when someone you know has an addiction:
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
How to find free or state funded drug rehab centers:
American Addiction Centers
SAMHSA: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that looks to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness in communities across the nation. You can call their national helpline at 1-800-487-4889.
Department of Health and Human Services: The government’s website is full of resources whether you’re addicted yourself or if you have a friend or loved one who has a problem.
Prescribe to Prevent: An organization that looks to prescribe naloxone, a synthetic drug that blocks opiate receptors in the nervous system. The doctors and experts behind this website seek to prevent overdoses by providing naloxone rescue kits. It has resources for doctors, pharmacists, and patients.
Move Forward PT: This website gives people an alternative to opioids for pain management. It looks to convince people to pick physical therapy over opioids for their pain.
The epidemic of heroin and opioid-related overdoses nationwide is rising and Colorado ranks second nationwide for opioid abuse.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 869 people died from opioid overdoses in Colorado in 2015.
In 2015, opioids killed more than 33,000 people nationwide with the number of people killed by overdose in the United States quadrupling since 1999, the CDC says.
Drug overdoses now take more lives every year than traffic accidents, according to government statistics.
The FOX31 Problem Solvers compiled this list of resources for help and treatment for those in need. If you know of a resource that we can add to this list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colorado Crisis Services: If you are in need of immediate help, Colorado Crisis Services is staffed 24/7/365 to provide immediate, confidential assistance. You can call, text, chat online, or visit a walk-in center. You will be connected with a “crisis counselor or trained professional with a master’s or doctoral degree.”
Colorado Consortium: The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention has been around since fall 2013 and lists several state resources about addiction, including this list of narcotic addiction treatment programs around the Denver metro.
Linking Care: As part of the Colorado Department of Human Services/Office of Behavioral Health, this website will help you find licensed treatment providers near you whether you’re looking to prevent addiction or already addicted and are seeking help.