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Strategies to reduce drug overdose deaths include promoting evidence-based solutions in prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery efforts. These sharable resources explore these areas and offer evidence-based solutions from prevention to recovery.

Data resources from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics/NIHCM Foundation.

Guide for Seniors Struggling with Addiction

Addiction in seniors isn’t a widely discussed issue, and as a result, most assisted living facilities do not openly advertise their ability to help those who are struggling. However, assisted living communities can be great environments for individuals battling addiction.  VISIT SITE

Free Support Groups

Suicide Loss Support group. VISIT PAGE

Overdose Support Group for families who share the experience of a loved one who has died of an opioid overdose, survived an overdose, or are at high risk for overdose. VISIT PAGE

Grief Support Group for those who have lost someone to a substance use disorder. VISIT PAGE

Health & Opioid Prevention Education (HOPE) Curriculum

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY – The HOPE Curriculum is a kindergarten through high school opioid prevention curriculum. It is designed to provide developmentally appropriate lessons to build students’ skills and functional health knowledge that leads to healthy behaviors.  VISIT SITE

Speaking Through Me – Warren Center

Our passion at the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery (WCNDD) is to educate the young on how to build healthy brains and self-compassionate minds as a means of substance use, substance use disorder, and mental illness prevention.  VISIT SITE

Protecting Children From Online Drug Dealers

SUPE is an online drug education and prevention platform to help educate people of all ages and fields of work on drug and alcohol use. Today’s youth spends an enormous amount of time online, every parent or guardian should know that drug dealers use social media to target minors.  VISIT SITE

Opioid Addiction

The Recovery Village at Baptist Health has created an in-depth guide on substance misuse to help educate the public that addresses the following: How Are Opioids Misused?, Opioid Addiction Signs, Side Effects of Opioid Misuse, Causes of Opioid Addiction & more. VISIT SITE

Rural Community Toolbox

The Rural Commumity Toolbox website includes resources to address substance use disorder (SUD) and the opioid crisis, as well as Federal resources that can help rural communities become strong, healthy, prosperous, and resilient places to live and work.  VISIT SITE

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline offers Spanish Text and Chat Service

America’s three-digit Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a life-saving program that connects Americans with real support in times of crisis. 988 also includes specialized services for LGBTQI+ youth and young adults. LEARN MORE

Program Models – Brandeis Opioid Resource Connector

A curated collection of community-focused programs, tools, and resources to help stakeholders choose, design, and implement essential interventions. VISIT SITE


Operation Prevention

Operation Prevention’s school resources provide educators with engaging tools that are aligned to national health and science standards and integrate seamlessly into classroom instruction.  VISIT SITE

Never Use Alone Inc.  800-484-3731

National Overdose Prevention Lifeline – Never Use Alone’s toll-free nationwide overdose prevention, detection, crisis response and reversal lifeline services for people who use drugs while alone. The volunteer peer-run call center operators are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  VISIT SITE

Parents & Educators | National Institute on Drug Abuse

Find science-based education materials and conversation starters to educate young people about drug use and health.  VISIT SITE


Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. VISIT SITE

Charting the Overdose Crisis

Very significant portions of stimulant deaths involve an opioid. Over the 2012-2020 period, as the number of stimulant overdose deaths increased almost sixfold from 6,860 to 40,568, the share of these deaths that involved one or more opioids rose from 43% to 68%.

The impact of the opioid crisis continues to increase across all age groups. In the early years when opioid abuse was primarily associated with prescription pain medications, the crisis was initially felt most acutely by adults in their 40s. Beginning around 2007 overdose deaths began to affect all age groups more equally. By the end of the period, when synthetic opioids had come to dominate the crisis, younger adults aged 25 to 40 were the hardest hit by overdose deaths.

More than 107,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year – a record high. There is a need to increase access to treatment and support recovery for people struggling with substance use disorder. Evidence-based prevention and harm reduction solutions can lower the risk of death or acquiring infectious diseases.

Raising Awareness to Prevent Teen Opioid Misuse

CFC CENTER NEWS  CSW GENERAL SAVANNAH SMITH, CFC CENTER The Southeast Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center (ROTA-RC), an integral initiative under the umbrella of the Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, and Children (CFC Center)...

Experts gather to address opioid use disorder and rural resiliency

. . . ROTA-RC, a part of the Center for the Study and Promotion for Communities and Children, housed at the FSU College of Social Work, brought together more than 120 participants for a symposium to share knowledge on opioid use disorder and its intersection with...

FSU/FAMU Partnership Combats Teen Opioid Misuse Through 4-H Programs

. . . “Our partnership with the CFC Center at FSU leverages the unique strengths and resources of each institution to address the complex challenges facing our rural communities resulting from the opioid epidemic,” explained Vonda Richardson, Director, FAMU...

To honor daughter’s wish, Tampa man makes film about her drug addiction

“One Second at a Time: Battling the Monster of Addiction” premieres on Monday at the Tampa Theatre.

The Importance of Involving Libraries in Opioid Epidemic Response

In September of 2022, the Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, and Children (CFC Center) at the FSU College of Social Work was awarded a two-year U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant funding the Southeast Rural Opioid Technical...

FSU Project to Provide Opioid Epidemic Assistance in Rural Communities Receives $1.3 Million Grant

The project will work to provide technical assistance and training on opioid harm reduction and prevention to rural communities. It will also partner with local stakeholders including colleges and universities across 8 states to train community members.

FSU Center Awarded Grant to Improve Rural Community Health and Resilience related to Opioid Use

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Grant
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