Overdose Lifeline

An integral part of the Speaker’s Bureau, this film aims at educating young adults on the choices they make today will have consequences tomorrow. The presentation entitled “This is NOT about Drugs,” highlights their peers having frank discussions about their experiences with prescription medications. The film illustrates a number of relatable stories about experimenting with prescription meds then moving on to heroin and ultimately addition. Another student explains the devastation of having a family member using heroin and how she coped with the ultimate destruction of the family unit. This is a powerful film we have adopted for prevention at the middle and high school levels for all interested schools at no charge. A trained speaker will present the film and immediately following, lead an age appropriate discussion with the class. Click her for more information: www.overdose-lifeline.org/afterthelesson We are having a surge in requests, especially for health classes and invite all teachers to participate. If you would like to have a presentation in your classroom, please contact Patti at 219-462-0946 or plembcke@portercountysac.org to schedule a day and time.

Most Important things to remember:

  • Prescription Pain Pills = Heroin, they are opioids
  • They are highly addictive. When you use opioids and heroin, you lose your ability to choose.
  • You can become addicted and you can overdose with just 1 use or the 2nd or the 3rd…
  • Heroin and prescription pain pills are rarely the starting point – first is marijuana, alcohol and other drugs or drugs prescribed by a doctor.

Reach out and talk with someone:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (they don’t just talk about suicide and will help put you in contact with someone close by)
  • Dial 2-1-1 Helpline. Conect2Help or 317-926-3547
  • Your family, favorite teacher, coach, neighbor, school nurse or counselor. There is someone out there that will listen, not judge and be able to help you.

If you need information on treatment, call: 1-800-662-HELP or www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov