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posted: 3/10/2014 4:01 AM

How you can help stop opiate abuse

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The ongoing opiate epidemic is destroying our community. Please take a look at the list below for steps you can take to be a part of the solution to this devastating problem.

• Learn about the treatments: there are new medical treatments that are revolutionizing the treatment of opiate dependence.

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• Contact your representatives. Urgent funding is needed for treatment facilities and educational programs.

• Contact the media (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, the newspaper, school papers, your local television station).

• Contact the schools. Put on a presentation in the classroom.

• Examine your own views regarding chemical dependence.

• Turn in unused medications to a pharmacy or your local police. Get rid of them!

• Check your medicine cabinet -- it may not just be family members stealing pills, guests might steal from your cabinet. (This is the leading source of new opiate abuse.)

• Educate your doctor. How many pills/refills are really necessary?

• Donate your time, talent and/or treasure to a treatment center or community-based organization.

If nothing else, please say a prayer for those struggling with this problem and the families of those who have died.

David Tews, Ed.D., LCPC, CADC

Naperville

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