With You STL

Social distancing, isolation and anxiety add stress during these unprecedented times. Right now, you or someone you know may be lonely and want to turn to drugs. But you’re not alone, St. Louis. The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with so many others, are here with help. To help you or someone you know who is struggling, we’ve gathered prevention, education, treatment and recovery resources all in one place. We may be apart for now, but we will always be in this fight together.

We are WITH YOU St. Louis. 


Substance Use Disorder and COVID-19

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 attacks a person’s lungs and can be especially dangerous for those with underlying conditions, including people living with substance use disorder.   Serious respiratory complications can arise in someone who smokes tobacco, marijuana or who vapes and contracts COVID-19.  People with substance use disorder are also vulnerable due to the drugs’ effects on respiratory and pulmonary health.  We understand this is an uncertain and vulnerable time for people, which is why we designed a website to provide resources throughout the St. Louis metro area to help you and your loved ones stay healthy and be well. To learn more about COVID-19 click here.

With You STL

 

Anyone can be affected by addiction

Anyone can be affected by addiction. Anyone can get help for themselves or a loved one. Anyone can save a life with naloxone.

The Anyone Can campaign aims to spread awareness that opioid addiction affects people in all parts of our community, but we can all reach out for help and take steps to prevent overdose. Whether you are struggling with your own opioid use, have friends or family experiencing addiction, or simply want to learn more about the opioid addiction and overdose crisis, you can find resources at AnyoneCanSTL.org.

 


Addiction is real

Hidden in Plain View:  Visit this Interactive, Virtual Bedroom.  Can you See the Signs?

More and more families are staying home, which can lead to spending more time with one another.  This can also result in picking up on behaviors you may not have noticed in the past.  Hidden in Plain View is an interactive experience in which parents are encouraged to tour a bedroom to discover seemingly innocent items commonly used to take part in risky behaviors.  This new, virtual bedroom is presented by Addiction is Real® and was created to help parents spot the signs of teen substance use.  Over 70 suspicious items are hidden in plain view. Click here to see how many you would recognize.


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Do You Need Help Talking To Your Kids About Drugs?

Talking to kids about substance misuse is arguably the second hardest talk to have, after the birds and the bees.  TalkAboutItMO.com provides free, age-appropriate tools to help families start these difficult, yet important, conversations.  Preventing future substance use is one of the ways we can save lives while reducing demand and impacting the supply of illicit drugs in our communities.


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Notice Concerning Behavior In a Loved One?  Don’t Know Where To Turn?

Substance use disorder does not discriminate; it does not know age, race, economic status or geographical boundaries.  Click here if you have questions about substance use, the dangers associated with prescription medication misuse, or if you just need someone to talk to about what to do next.

 


Opioid SOR

You Are Not Alone.  Recovery IS Possible and Help IS Available.

The state of Missouri has several grant-funded projects aimed at expanding prevention efforts, treatment and recovery support, and harm reduction resources for people with opioid use disorder (OUD).  Click here if you are looking for access to naloxone, treatment resources, or if you would like to become a Certified Peer Specialist.

 


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Reduce the Stigma

Substance Use Disorder is a complex brain disorder with behavioral components; not a moral failing.  The stigma associated with addiction can prevent some people from getting the help they really need.  Alleviating stigma is not easy, but it is easy to treat people with dignity and compassion.  Click here for other ways to help reduce the stigma around substance misuse.

 


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Secure Your Meds

A majority of people who misuse prescription medications get those meds from the home medicine cabinet.  The DEA encourages families to get rid of unused, unwanted and expired medications at least twice a year by offering National Prescription Take Back Day in the spring and fall.  Many local police departments also have permanent drop box locations.  With stay-at-home orders in place and social distancing recommendations we suggest you secure your medications to prevent misuse.


Be Smart For Kids

Be SMART for Kids

The mental health challenges for youth and families in these times not only increases risks for drug misuse but with guns available in homes and not stored securely, there are increased risks for suicides, homicides, domestic violence, and unintentional shootings.   Preventing gun violence is even more of a concern during these difficult times when millions of kids are staying home in households with unlocked and loaded firearms. 


 

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To learn more about what the DEA St. Louis Division is doing to make our communities safer follow us on Twitter at @DEASTLOUISDiv or visit us at https://stlouis.dea.gov/.

DEA has 239 Domestic Offices in 23 Divisions throughout the U.S., and 91 Foreign Offices in 68 countries. For the latest updates and information from DEA HQ follow us on Twitter @DEAHQ, on Facebook, on Instagram and on LinkedIn.

 

 


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