Drug addiction doesn’t discriminate. Heroin addiction is an epidemic that is impacting inner cities, the suburbs and rural areas, and all classes. If we come together as a community, we can make a difference.
Drug addiction is an insidious disease. Whether or not it has impacted you or those you love, there are important things you can do to encourage greater awareness of the issues, initiate dialogue with those who may be at risk, promote safe medication use, and prevent improper access to drugs.
Here are some ways you can help:
- If you or a loved one is experiencing pain, ask for help to understand the cause and how best to manage it.
- Be alert to the signs and symptoms of drug use and dependence.
- Share the facts of drug addiction. Look beyond the stereotypes and promote understanding not stigmatization.
- Clean out your medicine cabinet periodically to remove unwanted and expired medications. Take your unwanted medications to a fixed location or periodic event in your community to ensure they are incinerated and kept out of the landfill and water supply.
- Lock up your prescription medications at home.
- Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
Behavioral Signs, Physical Signs, Paraphernalia
- Support local substance abuse education and treatment programs.
- Donate to help NSVSAC fund community outreach efforts
- Report information on drug activity in your community by contacting the Northwest VA Regional Drug Task Force at 540-535-0304 or Si.Schiavone@vsp.virginia.gov