Substance use disorder is a serious matter. Luckily, there are many resources available for those faced with alcohol, drug, or other dependencies as well as their loved one. If you'd like to find treatment, FindTreatment.gov is a good resource to start.
Drug Disposal Sites are available to get rid of unwanted or unused medications to avoid opioid misuse. By safely disposing of your medications, you are preventing family and friends from possibly misusing prescriptions. You can dispose of your medications at any of the following resources' locations. Make sure you scratch off all personal information on your prescription bottles before discarding. Locations include: Chicago Police Department Stations, CVS Pharmacy, University of Chicago DCAM Pharmacy, Walgreens Pharmacy, and Well Future Pharmacy.
Medication-Assisted Treatment, also known as MAT, is when medication is combined with counseling to ease withdrawal symptoms and provide a whole-patient approach to treatment. The commonly used medications for treatment are Buprenorphine (Suboxone), Methadone, and Naltrexone.
Naloxone, also known by the name brand Narcan, is an easy to administer, lifesaving medication that reverses the effects of an opioid-related overdose. It comes in both injectable and nasal spray form. Naloxone is available over the counter, with no prescription necessary, at these major provider locations: The Chicago Recovery Alliance, CVS Pharmacy, Jewel-Osco, Mariano's, and Walgreens Pharmacy.