National Resources to Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic
This month at e-pill we are taking a look at how technology is helping fight drug addiction. Today we’d like to share some online resources that are helping to educate and spread awareness about the epidemic.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has an easy-to-navigate resources index on Treatment and Recovery. If you want to learn more about treatment options or find treatment, this page can help.
SAMHSA has a free Helpline runs year-round and receives nearly 65,000 calls per month! 1-800-662-HELP (4357) is the number.
If you have or find prescription drugs that are no longer needed or outdated, it may not be clear where you can bring them. We found Rx Drug Drop Box, which gave us 3 locations within 25 miles of our office. We were able to find more locations by checking with our State. Hopefully there will be more interactive maps for this in the future. There are currently some interactive maps that are based on the county or town you may reside in.
Speaking of interactive maps, Esri’s Jeremiah Lindemann has created a global map titled “Celebrating Lost Loved Ones to the Opioid Epidemic”. This interactive memorial map (shown above) does just that- it honors those who have lost their lives and shows just how big this epidemic is, and how close to home it hits.