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How to Help and Get Help

How you can help
Confronting a problem as sizable as the opioid epidemic requires coordination and participation from a wide variety of people. That includes law enforcement, medical providers, experts in treatment and recovery, elected officials, advocates, people who have been personally affected by this issue and regular citizens. 

One way we can all help is addressing the stigma currently associated with an addiction. Substance use disorder is a chronic medical disease like diabetes or hypertension, and should be treated as such. Learn more about how to become a recovery ally via the Addiction Professionals of North CarolinaRecovery Communities of North CarolinaAmerican Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence and the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

Another way you can help is to remove unneeded opioid medications from your home.
How to get help
If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction, please consider treatment options. Visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

You can also visit the Alcohol and Drug Council of North Carolina or call their 24/7 hotline at 1-800-688-4232.

To find health and human services resources in your community, dial 2-1-1 to speak to a trained United Way call specialist, or search online