Heroin & Prescription Painkillers: Toolkit for Community Mobilization

This comprehensive resource brings together community leaders, health care providers, schools, and parents to develop a multidisciplinary, coordinated plan for addressing the issue of opioid addiction and overdose which communities are currently facing. The Toolkit for Community Action includes a CD-ROM of reproducible resources:

  • Opioid Basics--provides an overview of opioids, the most current statistics of use and deaths, and more
  • Community Guide-- offers step-by-step guidance on how to mobilize local resources, implement local opioid prevention projects, and create successful media campaigns
  • School Guide--helps educators identify whether students are abusing heroin or prescription painkillers and learn how to intervene and get students the help they need; provides lesson plans that introduce the issue of opioid abuse
  • Parent Guide--provides practical information on how to recognize whether a child is using opioids and how to seek help
  • Health Care Provider Guide--includes information on how to recognize when someone is under the influence of opioids, how to prevent opioid overdose, procedures for screening opioid users, and information on the best forms of treatment; also includes information on how to prevent prescription medication misuse
  • Campaign Resource Guide--contains a variety of campaign materials including posters, press releases, and drug fact sheets
  • Resource Directory--provides a listing of organizations that can help support community efforts
  • Videos--created specifically for adult and adolescent audiences on topics related to opioid abuse

By the end of this one-day event, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the history, current use and impact of heroin and prescription painkillers on our community
  • Identify resources for opioid use prevention, intervention and referral to treatment
  • Understand the practice of medication-assisted treatment
  • Develop a community-based action plan for addressing the opioid epidemic
  • Determine effective use of the Heroin and Prescription Painkillers: Toolkit for Community Action as part of the community-based action plans
  • Work with others in their community to address the needs through mobilizing community efforts
  • Establish groundwork for a local media campaign

For more information, please contact Hazelden Publishing at training@hazeldenbettyford.org or call 800-328-9000, ext. 4460.