GREENSBORO, N.C. (WFMY) -- More than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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NORTH CAROLINA DRUG OVERDOSE STATISTICS

Heroin has become an epidemic around the nation and in North Carolina. Five people died daily last year from overdoses in our state. Forsyth County ranked in the top 10 of heroin-related deaths over the past two years. Neighboring Guilford County ranked number two.

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HOPE IS ONLY A PHONE CALL AWAY

But there is hope for anyone battling drug addiction. Help is only a phone call away and the first step in taking back your life.

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Here’s a list of resources to guide you or a loved one with getting the help you need and on a path to recovery.

DRUG ADDICTION HOTLINES

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

The SAMHSA’s National Helpline is free, confidential, 24/7, available 365 days a year for treatment referral and information services.

Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit the online treatment locators.

National Council On Alcoholism And Drug Dependence

24-hour hotline 1-800-622-2255

More Details: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

211 Drug Recovery Addiction Hotline

If you or someone you know has symptoms of drug addiction dial 2-1-1 from any cell phone or landline for help. This is a confidential call and you will be connected with an organization that specializes in recovery.

Another number to call 866-401-6342 is a toll-free number that is available should your service provider be unable to connect to 2-1-1.

More Details: United Way Substance Abuse Addiction Services

Triad Drug Recovery Addiction Services

Call the Alcohol and Drug Services 1-855-801-9817

Locations in the Triad: ADS

ADS Treatment Programs

Alcohol And Drug Resources & Forms

Opioid Treatment Program List NC

Triad/NC List Drug Substance Abuse Facilities In NC

SIGNS OF AN OVERDOSE

Do You Know The Signs Of An Overdose?

  • Snoring or Gurgling
  • Floppy arms or legs
  • Blue/gray lips or fingertips
  • Cannot be woken up
  • Shallow, or no breathing
  • No response to stimuli

Information provided by IOAD.

WHEN TO CALL AN AMBULANCE

People are often reluctant to call an ambulance for fear of police involvement or concern about the cost of a call-out. The police will only attend if there is a fatality or if their presence is requested, for example, if the ambulance crew feel threatened. This is an issue worldwide.

In addition to unconsciousness, call for emergency help when someone is:

  • Having a seizure
  • Experiencing severe headache
  • Experiencing chest pain
  • Experiencing breathing difficulties
  • Extremely paranoid, agitated and/or confused
  • It is not necessary for someone to have all of these signs or symptoms for them to be overdosing. Exhibiting only a few could still mean they are in trouble and need emergency help.

Opioid Overdose Response Help

Meth Overdose Help

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