Road to Recovery - August 2016
Preventing and Addressing Opioid Misuse and Abuse: Our Nation’s Challenge
Earlier this summer, Overdose Lifeline was invited to participate in the filming of an episode of The Road to Recovery television show from SAMHSA. This show highlights recent trends in prescription opioid misuse and heroin use; opioid use disorders; and emergency department visits, overdose, and treatment episodes related to prescription opioids and heroin.
The following was published by Leigh Denoon of WFYI on 2/1/2016. Read here
Educating Hoosier Kids About Deadly Heroin
CLINTON, Ind. -- With more people dying from overdose in Indiana than car accidents, school administrators are clamoring for ways to help their students avoid the temptation of drugs. The Indianapolis-based nonprofit Operation Lifeline has started an outreach program to fill that need.
The entire student body of South Vermillion High School in west central Indiana – about 525 kids – quieted as a clean cut 29-year old took the microphone at the front of the auditorium. "My name is Aaron Miller," he said. "I’m a recovering drug addict. I’ve been sober for 11 months and 15 days."
Hancock County invited Overdose Lifeline (ODL) to come speak to the students at New Palestine High School regarding the risks of prescription pain medicine (opioids) and heroin use and provide alternatives to using drugs and alcohol in dealing with the issues, stresses, and pressures facing today’s youth. More than 150 New Palestine High School students in grades 9 - 12 participated in the ODL program which includes a 15 minute film, worksheet and discussion.
Posted: Apr 30, 2015 6:09 PM EDT Updated: Apr 30, 2015 6:09 PM EDT By Carrie Cline, WTHR reporter
Read the full story at WTHR.com.
IRVINGTON - An Indiana mother is using her son's death from a drug overdose to help other young people avoid the same fate.
Justin Phillips' 20-year-old son died from taking heroin. Her organization, Overdose Lifeline, has created an educational program on heroin prevention.