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.