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Getting Help

Treatment works, but it can be a lengthy process. Recovery takes at least 90 days, and for many people takes over a year. Relapses are common,
so be patient and supportive.

Medication-assisted treatments (Suboxone, buprenorphine, methadone, Naltrexone) are often best; they reduce fatal overdoses by 50-75%.

In Pennsylvania

PA Get Help Now Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Governor’s Administration – Treating and Preventing Opioid Addiction
This webpage will link the user to services regarding the opioid epidemic throughout Pennsylvania. They can utilize this guide for help, locating Single County Authority’s, finding a Center of Excellence in their area, as well as a link to Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’ care provider app.   At this site you may also find what Naloxone is, how to get Naloxone, and how to administer it safely.

Care Provider Search
Use your zip code or county to find a care provider in your area.

Drug Take-Back Locations
Find a drug take back box near you.

Community Resources – Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
An extensive list of reading material for a variety of populations that come into contact with the addicted and the drugs itself.

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Information regarding the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Standing Order for Naloxone, Narcan in schools, “Warm Handoff’s”, and prescribing guidelines for doctors as well as continuing education modules for medical professionals.  Downloadable posters are also featured on this page for use in various facilities.

Overdose Free PA
A large website dedicated to providing information about the opioid epidemic to the public. This site is run and maintained by the University of Pittsburgh and has facts, local resources available statewide, and how to “make an impact” on your community.

In Philadelphia:

Healthy Minds Philly
This site is a collection of resources in Philadelphia.

Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services
The Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania. Includes statistics, meeting information, Narcan training information, and where to call to get help now.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Downloadable “tool-kit” for people working to combat the opioid epidemic.

Prevention Point
Prevention Point is a facility that provides a variety of services including a syringe exchange, shelter, and mental health services.