Naloxone is a medication that reverses overdose and saves lives. You can get it from your doctor, pharmacy or select community organizations. Learn more about how to use naloxone and where to get it by clicking the link below.
Community Education Campaign
Knowledge is power, and with accurate information about substance use, a person will be more likely to make a fact-based and informed decision. With campaigns like “Parents You Matter” and OASAS’s Kitchen Table Tool Kit, people of all ages can be educated about all things substance use.
There are many other medications that can be prescribed for pain that are not as addictive as opioids. We’re working to teach doctors about new guidelines for safe prescribing and how to screen for substance use in primary care.
Take Back Program
Opioid use disorder can begin with prescription pain pills. Remove unused, unwanted or expired medications from your home using take back programs available through all Staten Island NYPD precincts, select pharmacies and twice a year on Take Back Days.
Evidence based prevention and early intervention programs in schools can help stop addiction before it starts. Staten Island schools have programs like Too Good For Drugs and Teen Intervene in middle and high schools to reach youth. There are also professional development workshops for school staff to help teachers and administrators learn how to spot the early signs of substance use.
Harm reduction initiatives are essential in keeping people with substance use disorders alive and safe until they are ready to take action and seek treatment. Proper syringe access & disposal, as well as overdose prevention can help address the immediate health and safety concerns faced by people who use heroin and opiates.