Useful websites and tools related to substance abuse in rural contexts.
One in three families in Missouri are affected by substance use. There are several organizations making strides in decreasing the negative impact of substance use in Missouri. The average number of people in Missouri with prescriptions has gone down to 70%, which can impact the number of people who move on to illicit drugs. The MO-HOPE project trained First Responders on how to administer naloxone/Narcan and utilizing community education tools. Sixty percent of resources from this project were used in rural Missouri.
Missouri Department of Mental Health: Gather facts, figures and resources related to substance abuse in Missouri.
Missouri’s Good Samaritan Law: This law is designed to save lives by encouraging people to seek emergency medical help if they experience or witnesses a drug or alcohol overdose or other medical emergency. Under this law, the person who seeks medical help and the person experiencing the medical emergency will be protected from minor drug and alcohol violations.
Safe Disposal of Unused Medicines: Information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on how and where to safely dispose of unused medications.
Paid Resource: Teen Challenge: Adult and Teen Challenge USA works on a Christ-centered model of drug and alcohol recovery.
Teen Talk: Find the latest science-based information about drug use, health and the developing brain. Designed for young people and those who influence them — parents, guardians, teachers and other educators — these resources inspire learning and encourage critical thinking so teens can make informed decisions about drug use and their health.
Paid Resource: The Landing - Celebrate Recovery for Students Kit: “Through the Landing, our students can find a safe place to find help, hope and healing through engaging the recovery principles and growing in relationship with Jesus Christ. Ultimately, this ministry can help students learn how to break cycles of dysfunction and provide tools for them to live free and healthy lives.”