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Take action to stop the opioid crisis in Georgia

No matter where you live in Georgia, there’s something you can do to combat the opioid crisis. Funded by the DBHDD through SAMHSA, State Opioid Response has set up a network of programs, partnerships, and events to make it easier for everyone to step up and speak out for those struggling with opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose.

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You have the power to save lives in Georgia

From the Atlanta BeltLine to the heart of Low Country, find out how you can help combat the opioid crisis.

Together we are greater than the opioid crisis

Watch the videos below to learn more about our initiatives in Georgia and how you can join us in making a big difference.

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Ways to get involved

Small changes, made across our state, can make a big impact. See how you can help on a local and personal level by participating in one of State Opioid Response’s initiatives— 7 programs all centered around increasing prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts.

Student programs promoting prevention

Statewide Sources of Strength

Teens today are personally experiencing the pain of substance misuse, bullying, and suicide. In order to empower youth and increase prevention efforts, State Opioid Response has established and implemented evidence-based programs in over 60 schools. Around 30 certified trainers work with the students, who are recruited or nominated in their schools, to drive change through effective media campaigns.

Our Goal

Protect their futures by empowering students to raise awareness for mental health and drug-related issues. Peer-led programs help create a safe space, improve student resilience, and reduce the risk of alcohol and drug use, including opioids.

Student campaign efforts include writing and executing:

  • Posters
  • Dance themes
  • Trusted Adult Program (a list of adults you can trust)
  • Social media challenges and posts
  • Partnerships with other government agencies like Parks and Recreation

Adopt-a-High School Program

Having a positive influence in your life can play a major role in drug prevention. State Opioid Response has partnered with universities across the state to establish this evidence-based program where a trained college student mentors a high school student. Together, the two of them partner to develop ways to stay safe from drug use.

Our Goal

Promote mentorship between college and high school students. Reinforce the value of peer support and one-on-one relationships as an important protective factor against experimentation and substance misuse.

Participating Universities:

  • Georgia State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Augusta University
  • Albany State University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • University of West Georgia

Friends, families, and communities taking action

Opioid Prevention Showcase Community Events

We offer local events to make sure we address the crisis in every county, region, and community of Georgia. By partnering with local community organizations, businesses, faith-based organizations, and community services providers, we adapt our events to better meet the informational needs of each population. Our Goal: Raise awareness surrounding the opioid epidemic, combat stigma, and provide resources to every Georgian affected by the opioid crisis.

Our Goal

Raise awareness surrounding the opioid epidemic, combat stigma, and provide resources to every Georgian affected by the opioid crisis.

Opioid Prevention Media Campaign

The opioid crisis doesn’t just affect one community or area of Georgia. Opioid misuse can happen to anyone. Through the campaigns we run across the state, we’re educating every Georgian on the importance of responsible opioid use to prevent opioid overdoses and save lives. By increasing prevention methods and treatment options, we can reduce the stigma and number of people with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Our Goal: Communicate key prevention messages across Georgia using the Michael Haines Positive Social Normal Model.

Our Goal

Communicate key prevention messages across Georgia using the Michael Haines Positive Social Normal Model.

Collaboration with the City of Atlanta

Create change starting at our state capital. Atlanta is the largest municipality in Georgia, and State Opioid Response is joining forces with City of Atlanta officials to strengthen the impact on individuals facing the opioid epidemic.

Our Goal

Collaborate with city officials to come up with workable solutions and provide opioid misuse prevention awareness.

Helping first responders save lives

Free Naloxone Kits and Training

Opioid overdoses can be fatal, but they can also be reversed with the life-saving drug naloxone (Narcan®). It’s the only drug that can very quickly return a person’s breathing back to normal when it has slowed or stopped due to an overdose. Because it must be administered properly, and in time to work, it’s critical that those first on the scene have this drug and are trained to use it.

Our Goal

Under the Office of Behavioral Health Prevention & Federal Grants, we’re able to provide free training and naloxone starter kits at no cost to first responders. Efforts are already underway to train first responders in every county in Georgia. Currently, our training is available for EMS, police, and firefighters.

Numbers as of March 2020

  • Over 100 counties trained
  • 3,255 citizens trained
  • 4,851 naloxone kits distributed
  • 435 self-reported overdose reversals

For first responders interested in learning about or having naloxone training in their county.

For the general public interested in being trained to administer naloxone.

Law Enforcement Education and Training

Approaching a situation involving a person using substances requires a certain level of education. Knowing how to handle circumstances involving opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose can help those struggling find the right treatment.

Our Goal

By partnering with the Georgia police, we can equip members of law enforcement with safe and effective community substance misuse prevention practices. Implementation of these tactics will lead to better management of the opioid crisis in our communities.

Some of our training material topics include:

  • Identification of symptoms of opioid use and mental health crises
  • Conflict de-escalation tactics when encountering someone under the influence
  • Protection methods from accidental exposure to dangerous opioids
  • First Law Enforcement Training Video: GA SOAR- The First To Arrive

Good Samaritan Law

Your response can be the difference between life and death. If you’re ever in an emergency situation where someone is overdosing or needs help, do NOT run away or worry about getting yourself in trouble. Call 911 right away. The Good Samaritan Law was created to save as many lives as possible by offering various protections for all those who call and receive help.

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