Chances are, you or someone you know has been negatively impacted by this raging epidemic. Find out what steps are being taken to combat the crisis by which players. Then, access locally available resources to get and give help.

Separating the Flowers from the Weeds

“If you want to care for something, you call it a ‘flower.’ If you want to kill it, you call it a ‘weed.’” We learn at an early age that words matter. But when it comes to helping those with substance use disorders (SUDs), choosing the right language is critical to prevention, treatment and recovery efforts.

Get the lowdown on how you can frame your care and concern using language that eliminates harmful labels and reduces the stigma for one struggling with an SUD. After all, fear of judgment leads impacted individuals to be less likely to seek help, and more likely to drop out of treatment programs in which they do enroll.

Words Matter

ADDICTION IS NOT A MORAL FAILING. Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease. It can be treated in the same manner as other chronic medical conditions — through a combination of medications and counseling.

Help Is a Phone Call Away

National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a free, confidential treatment referral and information service operating 24/7, 365 days a year. The service, provided in English and Spanish, is for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance abuse disorders.

Local Treatment & Recovery

The Kansas City area has dozens of organizations that can help adults, teens and families struggling with SUDs. If you or someone you know is struggling, take the first step to overcoming addiction.

Learn more about treatment and recovery resources throughout the Kansas City metro area.

Take Back Control in 1, 2, 3

Given the incredible number of opioid prescription medications being dispensed, it’s no surprise that expired, unused and unwanted pills are complicating efforts to curb the crisis. One way to help reduce potential misuse is through proper medication disposal. It’s as easy as one, two or three.

  1. Participate in the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day coming in April 2022. Visit the official website to find a participating location near you.
  2. Looking to dispose of meds now, or any day other than National Take Back Day? Google Maps makes it easy. Simply search “medication disposal near me.”
  3. If you live in Kansas City’s Northland, download this handy resource identifying a number of additional permanent locations for safe disposal.
  4. If you live in Johnson County, Kansas, download a list of locations to safely dispose of medications.

Spread the Word. Slow the Worry.

Be part of the solution to the widespread opioid addiction and overdose epidemic. Use assets to build a campaign of awareness and action. These resources are free to use for community members, health care providers, public health officials, first responders and others who want to share the message and help combat the crisis in their city, county or region.

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