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The internet is overflowing with tons of information on drug use and addiction.  While doing your research, know your sources.  Make sure you know what you are reading is from a credible institution.




An illegal and highly addictive drug processed from morphine, a natural occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of certain varieties of poppy plants.


Drugs with morphine like effects, derived from opium.



Any synthetic narcotic that has opiate-like activities but is not derived from opium.

According to the NIH, Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin as well as powerful pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and many others. These drugs are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain.

Opioid pain relievers are generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor, but they are frequently misused (taken in a different way or in a greater quantity than prescribed, or taken without a doctor’s prescription) because they produce euphoria in addition to pain relief. Regular use—even as prescribed by a doctor—can produce addiction, and when misused or abused, opioid pain relievers can lead to fatal overdose. The current epidemic of prescription opioid abuse has led to increased use of heroin, which presents similar dangers.


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Federal Info


State Info


  • For medical professionals:  Pennsylvania’s Department of Health in partnership with DDAP has published 8 specialty specific prescribing guidelines that encourage judicious prescribing of opioid medication.  The guidelines has all been endorsed by the regulatory boards and are supported by PA MED.  A link to all is here.
  • The Division of Drug and Alcohol Program Licensure’s main mission is to ensure that the citizens of the Commonwealth are afforded the appropriate treatment for their drug and/or alcohol abuse or addiction within a safe environment. As such, the Division is the regulatory agency responsible for the licensure of drug and alcohol facilities operating in the Commonwealth. Click here to search for and read about the licensing of facilities within your county.
  • Visit Pennsylvania’s Department of Drug and Alcohol to learn about treatment and care providers.  They can also help you with your benefits and insurance options.  Or, if you do not have insurance, they will direct you to resources within your county that may be available to assist you.
  • Pennsylvania Department Health Opioid Toolkit
  • Pennsylvania State Coroners Association  This report provides information by county on the drug related deaths.
  • is a collaboration between Pennsylvania communities and organizations to increase community awareness and knowledge of overdose and overdose prevention strategies, as well as to support practices and initiatives that will decrease drug overdoses and deaths within our communities.
  • Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General
    Prescription Drug Abuse Education Programs are offered by the Attorney General’s Education & Outreach Unit, including an original video production titled “Consequences” which targets information about prescription drug abuse to students.  Organizations seeking speakers or other resources on the topic can contact the OAG Education & Outreach Unit at:
  • PA House Republican Caucus Fighting PA’s Opioid Crisis
  • Commonwealth Prevention Alliance Stop Opiate Abuse Campaign




  • Free Narcan The Pennsylvania Departments of Health, Education, State, and Drug and Alcohol Programs recently announced a statewide partnership with Adapt Pharma to provide a free, two dose carton of Narcan (naloxone hydrochloride) Nasal Spray to public high schools across Pennsylvania.
  • Lackawanna County District Attorney Heroin Hits Home
  • York County Heroin Task Force is a partnership of community, medical and government agencies dedicated to reducing the abuse of heroin in our communities;
  • iWILLrecover
  • Not One More

Non-Profit Organizations


  • Foundation for a Drug-Free World
  • Families Anonymous
  • – The mission at is to connect people and their families with the information and resources to help them recover from substance abuse and behavioral disorders. As a private resource they do not receive funding from any state or government programs, but work instead with some of the country’s most respected treatment organizations who support and sponsor their efforts.
  • Addiction Resources Toolkit
  • The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance supports prevention professionals in eliminating substance abuse and risk-related behaviors.
  • The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance Campaign to Stop Opiate Abuse – PA Stop.On the non-profit tab, please add the following with a new bullet:
  • Drug Free Workplace PA  is a nonprofit organization specializing in workplace programs for Pennsylvania businesses by providing tools, resources and expertise to employers who are concerned about a drug free work environment.

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