Addiction and overdose are tragic…and preventable. Nearly half of young people who inject heroin report abusing prescription pain killers before starting to use heroin, and 9 out of 10 people with addiction started using substances before they turned 18. But…there are preventive measures that can be taken: being involved with kids and talking to them about drugs, making sure that prescription medications are stored or disposed of in a safe manner, and promoting education about opioid overdose prevention.
The goal of Community Education and Outreach is to raise awareness about substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, heroin and other opiates, inhalants …….. what are their effects, what local resources and treatment options are available to prevent their use and abuse. Through informational presentations and participation in community groups and forums, PFCS keeps residents up-to-date on drug and alcohol news, alerts, and services.
Narcan, an antidote to heroin and prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin, is one of the key tools for combating overdose. Narcan overdose prevention training is available at many locations in the mid-Hudson area. Please see this link for a current listing of training dates and locations.
PFCS supports local Medication Take Back events and facilities to help get prescription drugs out of medicine cabinets and off the streets. In the Putnam area, medication drop-off boxes are located at the Carmel and Kent Police Departments as well as the Putnam County Sheriff’s office.
Find out more about the issues that you or a loved one are facing. These informative articles can provide you with some valuable insights...or contact PFCS for more in depth help.