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We all can take action against prescription drug abuse.

Here are a few ways you can help. Share your ideas with us in the comments below!

In your own backyard….

  • Ask your child what he or she already knows about drug use.
  • Discuss the potential for problems from opiates, prescription drugs, and alcohol use with your children, neighbors, and friends.
  • Dispose of medications no longer in use
  • Lock up all medications in your home.
  • Understand what to look for and how to help someone in need of help.
  • Seek help if you are struggling with your own addiction.
  • Support someone you suspect is in trouble and let him or her that you are concerned. Avoid judgment as you approach them and offer to help find a solution.
  • Exhibit positive coping skills.
  • BE A ROLE MODEL.

In your community….

  • Ask at your local doctor if he/she would consider treating patients with opiate addiction.
  • Interview your dentist, doctor and pharmacists about what they think needs to be done to address over-prescribing.
  • Visit and/or volunteer at your local recovery center.
  • View www.vtrecoverynetwork.org to locate the closest recovery center to your community
  • Launch a recovery center in your community if there isn’t one already
  • Inspire your school to show The Hungry Heart to students, teachers and staff.
  • Motivate your local hospital to show The Hungry Heart to doctors and medical staff.
  • Organize a screening in your town with members of the cast of the film.
  • Explore local resources for help with addiction – is treatment available?
  • Educate yourself on the multiple paths to recovery which include: recovery support and coaching; 12 step approaches; faith based approaches; and the use of medication (methadone/suboxone) in combination with therapy and recovery supports.
  • Mentor a child/adult who would benefit from support in finding recovery. Check out Mobius Mentors, Windsor County Partners, or Mercy Connections website to find out more.
  • Create a new community group or collaborate with an existing one to consider innovative ways to help with this epidemic in your community – “all politics are local.”
  • Express your concerns to town managers, select people, mayors, police, emergency responders and other local officials.

In your state….

  • Express your concerns to your local legislators and ask them to take action.
  • Connect with Friends of Recovery Vermont.
  • Recognize moments when the legislature or policy makers are seeking input and take responsibility for making a difference – governing bodies value input from citizen advocates and everyone thinks someone else will step up.