This article contains many resources that can be used in support of opioid addiction recovery and treatment including a Text Helpline and The South Suburban Council’s Recovery Coaches:

The Spotlight on Opioids assembles opioid-related information from the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health into one document to better inform the general public, especially family and friends of people with an elevated risk of opioid overdose, opioid misuse, and/or opioid use disorder. Read the Spotlight on Opioids (PDF | 2 MB).

Surgeon General – Spotlight on Opioids:


Message from the Secretary,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The opioid misuse and overdose crisis touches everyone in the United States.
In 2016, we lost more than 115 Americans to opioid overdose deaths each
day, devastating families and communities across the country. Preliminary
numbers in 2017 show that this number continues to increase with more than 131
opioid overdose deaths each day. The effects of the opioid crisis are cumulative
and costly for our society—an estimated $504 billion a year in 2015—placing
burdens on families, workplaces, the health care system, states, and communities.

Addressing the opioid crisis is a priority for this Administration, and the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is leading the public health-based approach to
understanding the problem and taking action to fight it. HHS is tackling this crisis through our
comprehensive five-point strategy focused on improving access to prevention, treatment, and
recovery services; promoting use of overdose reversing drugs; strengthening our understanding
of the epidemic through better public health surveillance; providing support for cutting-edge
research on pain and addiction; and advancing better practices for pain management. Our efforts are
collaborative—with all federal agencies and state and local partners working together to equip health
care providers, communities, policymakers, law enforcement, and others with the information and
tools they need to stem this growing epidemic.

HHS also brought a new level of awareness and commitment to the cause by declaring the opioid
crisis a nationwide Public Health Emergency on October 26, 2017. Since 2017, HHS has disbursed more
than $2 billion in grants to fight the opioid crisis, more than any previous year.

The Spotlight on Opioids document is another important step in our efforts to address the issue. This
document assembles opioid-related information from Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon
General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health in one document and provides updated data on
the prevalence of substance use, opioid misuse, opioid use disorders, opioid overdoses, and related
harms. As the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, I encourage you to use the
information and findings in this document and join us in taking action on this vital issue and making
our communities healthier and stronger.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Contact The South Suburban Council To Assist You With Opioid Treatment and Recovery

OUD – Opioid Use Disorder

SUD – Substance Use Disorder


What are the symptoms of opioid use disorder (OUD)?

Hazel Crest program offers hope to people suffering from opioid addiction.

Narcan Training Video:

At The South Suburban Council, you can receive the help of a personal Recovery Coach as part of your treatment.

Crisis Text Helpline


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