Chronic Warning Signs of an Alcohol or Drug Problem:
- Using drugs or alcohol to forget about your problems
- As a parent, difficulty caring for your children
- As a student, difficulty keeping up with assignments
- Troubled relationships with family, friends or colleagues
- Decline in appearance
- Hiding the amount of alcohol or drugs you use
- Frequently borrowing money
- Abrupt changes in friends/groups/behavior
- Poor sleeping habits/abnormal health issues
- Less openness and honesty
- Poor attendance or performance at work or school
If you are concerned for yourself or someone close to you:
- 24/7 HOPEline at the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
- speak with a trained clinician on an anonymous and confidential basis
- substance abuse, mental health, gambling problems
- find a nearby treatment center or provider on the OASAS site
- 24/7 National Helpline supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- English and Spanish; free and confidential
- substance abuse and mental health problems
- or use the SAMHSA website to locate assistance
- Toll-Free National Helpline for Parents at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, now in its fourth decade of service
- free and confidential (9:00 am – 5:00 pm ET, Monday to Friday, English or Spanish)
- speak with a trained, bilingual, master’s-level parent support specialist
- or use The Partnership online assistance tools to locate help
Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is the drug that reverses overdoses from opioids such as heroin and many prescribed pain relief medications. It is now available in pharmacies throughout New York State. Individuals who are themselves at risk for an overdose or their family members or friends may acquire naloxone WITHOUT bringing in a prescription. Here is a list of dispensing pharmacies by county. (Note: Your insurance may not cover the cost of the drug; the pharmacy list provided here is no guarantee of availability.) Use these links to locate a training session in the use of naloxone in the Hudson Valley and surrounding area.
If you are seeking treatment:
Acute Warning Signs of a Drug or Alcohol Overdose
Never hesitate to dial 911 if you are witnessing or experiencing a drug- or alcohol-related emergency.
New York State’s Good Samaritan law provides legal protection for 911 callers against criminal charge and prosecution for possession of controlled substances (under 8 ounces), as well as possession of any amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and sharing drugs. This protection applies to the person seeking assistance as well as the person needing help. To fully understand the scope and limits of these protections, visit the NYS Good Samaritan page.
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