Naloxone Shortage

The injectable opioid reversal medication, naloxone, is in significant short supply. The main producer, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, stopped production in April 2021 due to manufacturing issues. The Opioid Safety and Naloxone Network (OSNN) buyers’ club, a collective of harm reduction programs across the country, is the biggest buyer of the medication. They estimate that there is a 250,000-dose backorder and Pfizer reports they will not begin production until February 2022. If you or a loved one is in need of naloxone, please contact your local ROPS coordinator or join us for one of our Stayin’ Alive Fridays.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

November 20, 2021 is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, also known as Survivors’ Day. Created by Congress in 1999 after a senator lost his father to suicide, it is intended as a day of comfort, support, and togetherness for people impacted by suicide. It was purposely chosen to fall on the Saturday before Thanksgiving in recognition that the holidays are often emotionally difficult for those who have lost someone to suicide.

Mandatory 10-Digit Local Dialing and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Over the next few months, everyone nationwide will be required to use 10-digit dialing.  Many of our local phone providers are requiring 10-digit dialing this month.  When you call anyone within the 865 area code, you will need to use the entire 865-xxx-xxxx phone number; if your campus phone requires you to dial 8 + (the number) for an off-campus number, dial 8 + 865-xxx-xxxx to complete your call.  Please note: 5 digit dialing for on-campus calls will not be affected.

What can you do to prepare for this change

  • Starting now, use the whole 10-digit phone number when making phone calls.
  • Update the phone number for any contact you have saved on your cell phone.  Be sure to include the area code for any local phone number.

Why is this change happening? 

In response to increasing national concern over the national suicide rate, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted 988 as a new number to connect calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the United States. You can also reach the Lifeline by dialing 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

What will remain the same? 

  • Telephone numbers, including current area code.
  • Dialing emergency and special services (e.g., 911, 711).
  • Domestic and International calling rates.
  • Long-Distance and International dialing.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can continue to be reached by dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week runs from October 3rd to 9th and coincides with National Depression Screening Day on October the 7th. Many people are facing new difficulties and additional stressors since the beginning of the pandemic. On October the 7th, take a step back and reflect on your own mental health by completing a quick, free depression screening found here.

Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Domestic violence remains an alarming and prevalent issue in our society. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. October, join us in activating bystanders and sharing information that can help those who are experiencing violence during this unprecedented time by educating yourself and taking a pledge to help end domestic violence here. For Teen domestic violence: https://www.loveisrespect.org/.

World Suicide Prevention Week

September 6th-12th is World Suicide Prevention Week and September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s a time to remember those affected by suicide, to raise awareness, and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most. Please visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/promote-national-suicide-prevention-month to learn about the #BeThe1To campaign. The campaign is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond, which helps spread the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. The Lifeline network and its partners are working to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention, to actions that can promote healing, help and give hope.

National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month which celebrates the gains made by those in recovery. It works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible. There are a plethora of virtual events being held for this year’s Recovery Month including a virtual resource fair, art show, and webinars. These can be accessed by visiting www.nationalrecoverymonth.org.

COVID-19 Pandemic and Substance Use

The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for people with substance use disorders and in recovery. People with substance use disorder are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Getting your COVID-19 vaccination! To maximize protection from COVID-19, wearing a mask indoors in public is very important for all people including who are fully vaccinated. Please find more information and resources on CDC guidelines and COVID-19 and Substance Use.

International Overdose Awareness Day: August 31st

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day, the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of family and friends left behind. Time to remember. Time to Act. Find an event, get involved, or post a tribute to a lost loved one here.

Your Words Matter: End The Harm Caused by Stigma

Every Work Matters. Your Words Matter. Addiction Matters. For individuals and families impacted by substance use, stigma is an ever-present reality that results in discrimination, reluctance to access treatment and contributes to overdoses. We can help end stigma through our language. Words have power. Consider the language you are using when you talk about someone who uses substances. Use person-first language. Together we can end the harm caused by stigma. Click here to join us in taking the pledge to end harm caused by the use of stigmatizing language.