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Did You Know…

More people die from drug related overdoses than motor vehicle accidents every year.  Learn more here:  www.drugabuse.gov

Did You Know…

Everyday in the U.S., 2,500 youth (12-17) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time.  Learn more here:  www.drugfreeworld.org

Did You Also Know…

Narcan (naloxone) is a prescription medicine that can reverse an opioid overdose or prevent it long enough for the person to receive adequate medical care.  Learn more here:  www.getnaloxonenow.org


What is Addiction?

Drug addiction is a chronic, progressive but treatable disorder in which someone becomes dependent on a substance that is psychologically and/or physically dangerous to the drug user as well as those around them.  Addiction causes a person to act compulsively and experience a lack of self-control.  The condition(s) worsen over time without treatment or changing behavior (such as moving toward recovery).  Signs of addiction include inability to stop drug use despite negative consequences, avoidance of activities that were once enjoyable, and behavioral changes such as increased irritability or paranoia.  Addiction is typically treated through a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, one-on-one counseling, social support groups, addiction treatment and rehabilitation centers, and/or medication.

Who is the Drug User?

There is no absolute identifier for a drug user.  However, your race, income, profession, age, gender, and/or geographic location can influence drug use.  For more info on “who is the drug user” follow the link for a two-minute clip:  WHO IS THE DRUG USER

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Fulton County Opiate-Related Overdose Deaths

Opiate addiction is on the rise in Fulton County.  Opiate addiction typically starts with individuals using prescription opioid painkillers which leads to opiate-related drug use such as heroin.  In 2014, Fulton County experienced 160 opiate-related deaths with almost half of those from heroin.  For more info read the Fulton County District Attorney report:  “A Brief Window of Opportunity: Heroin in North Fulton County“.

Next Steps…

Click the resource button for more information on treatment options in your community.


The Good Samaritan Law & NARCAN

In 2014, Governor Nathan Deal signed the Good Samaritan 911 Medical Amnesty Bill into law which provides limited prosecution immunity to anyone who seeks emergency medical help for an overdose victim.  The Bill also allows first responders to carry Narcan.  Narcan (Naloxone) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of an opioid overdose or a possible opioid overdose.  www.stopoverdoses.com

Needle Exchange Program

Syringe exchange programs or needle exchange programs are community-based programs that provide access to sterile needles and syringes free of cost and facilitate safe disposal of used needles and syringes. The Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition is an Atlanta based community program that offers a needle exchange program.

For more information about needle exchange programs visit: cdc.gov

The Substance Abuse Research Alliance

The Substance Abuse Research Alliance (SARA) estimates the economic burden of opioid overdoses and misuse to be $78.5 billion annually in the US with the majority of that cost coming from healthcare and substance use treatment.  What is the economic burden in Georgia?  Who is at greatest risk for opioid use?  What has the local, state, and federal government done to reduce the number of opioid related deaths?  Take a look at the SARA 2017 Prescription Opioids and Heroin Epidemic in Georgia Report.

Next Steps…

Click the resource button for more information on treatment options in your community.

Addiction Can Be All Around You

Know how to identify addiction and how to help.
Signs of Addiction

Signs of an addiction include an inability to stop using despite negative consequences; developing a tolerance coupled with experiencing withdrawal symptoms; avoidance of activities that were once enjoyable and behavioral changes such as increased irritability or paranoia.


Intervention process involves a group of individuals who are ready to confront an addicted person in an effort to persuade them to seek professional help for their addiction. A drug intervention is a structured, solution-oriented process undertaken to persuade someone who has a problem with drug or alcohol abuse to seek help in overcoming the addiction.

Identifying Addiction

Addiction is a chronic disorder in which someone becomes dependent on a substance or behavior that’s psychologically or physically dangerous and habit-forming. Addiction doesn’t discriminate – it affects people in all walks of life  and affects the entire family.


Addiction is typically treated through a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, treatment centers or rehab, group therapy, one-on-one counseling, social support groups and/or medication. Recovery also addresses the underlying reasons that led to the substance abuse in the first place

Addiction Is Real and Can Be The Person Closest To You.

Do not fight this fight alone!

Identifing The Issues

Communities Addressing Addiction

Check out the below apps that we hope will help you better identify, and recognize the modern drug paraphernalia used today. You could save a life.



With information provided directly from the National Emerging Threats Initiative (NETI) and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), this application provides the public and other authorized users with access to information resources, safety information, occupational safety and health information, for safe handling and identification of potentially dangerous drugs. The primary intended users of this app are law enforcement officers who will identify dangerous and illegal substances; but this app will also be available for use by the general public.

Davis's Drug Guide


Davis’s Drug Guide delivers trusted, regularly updated, and practical information on over 5,000 trade name and generic drugs. Each monograph, with its focus on safety, includes details on pharmacokinetics, dosing, side effects, interactions, assessment, and more. Download this *5-star rated app* for anywhere, anytime access to help you avoid medication errors and provide better patient care. Plus, receive 1-year access to the official DrugGuide.com and regular updates.

Bad Drugs Handbook


Drug abuse is a serious problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year drug abuse results in around 40 million serious illnesses or injuries among people in the United States. This useful app discusses the most important topics in drug abuse and addiction and is ideal for all medical professionals, medical residents and interns, nurses, medical students, and of course curious lay people who just want to learn more about drug abuse and addiction.

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