The Opioid Crisis in America: Time to Spread Awareness

(Posted November 2017)

 

As communities in the United States are aware, there is a dramatic increase in overdose deaths involving prescription opioid pain relievers. This issue has led to determined efforts to curb the opioid drug crisis. One of the many resources available to help make a difference is the next National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) to be held Jan. 22-28, 2018. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) sponsor NDAFW as an annual, weeklong series of educational events that bring together teens and scientific experts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about substance use and addiction. NIDA and NIAAA are both parts of the National Institutes of Health.

If your community is interested in holding a prescription drug-focused event for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, NIDA has resources to assist you in planning an event that focuses primarily on opioids and other prescription drugs. NIDA provides links for the resources to support you and your community in the planning process.

The materials, including booklets and educational posters, can be ordered directly from the NIDA clearinghouse in advance of your NDAFW event. Orders must be placed by January 15, 2018, for guaranteed arrival. Promoting your event for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® has never been easier! NIDA’s Promote with Online Toolkit section has everything you need to generate buzz for your event. For help with planning your event, visit NIDA’s 5 Steps to Hosting an NDAFW Event and the Get Activity Ideas & Toolkits page. Start planning when you visit: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week/get-activity-ideas/opioids-other-prescription-drugs-event-toolkit.

Celebrate National Recovery Month

 

Every September, programs and communities across the country celebrate National Recovery Month. Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

Recovery Month celebrates the achievements made by those in recovery and reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health. The celebrations are as varied as the “journey” each person takes in their recovery process. Often success stories are shared with neighbors, friends, and families reinforcing the positive message of recovery. By doing so, each story shared helps to increase awareness and a better understanding of the disease of substance use disorder and mental health disorder.

The theme for Recovery Month 2017 is Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities. The 2017 theme highlights the value of family and community support throughout recovery and invites individuals in recovery and their family members to share their experience.

To learn more about Recovery Month visit https://www.recoverymonth.gov/.