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Do you know or think someone you love is using?

Friends & Family

The numbers are eye opening. Almost half of all opioid misuse starts with a friend or family member’s prescription. 

Opioids are a type of medicine often used to help relieve pain. They work by lowering the number of pain signals your body sends to your brain. They also change how your brain responds to pain. Doctors most often prescribe opioids to relieve pain from:

  • toothaches and dental procedures
  • injuries
  • surgeries
  • chronic conditions

Misusing opioids means that you don’t follow your doctor’s instructions for how to take the medicine. It can also mean that you take the drug illegally.

It can be difficult to know where to turn when someone in your life misuses prescription pills or uses opioids.

We all must open our eyes.

Find Local Resources

If you’ve decided you need help, there are places you can turn. Enter your zip code below.

Help is available, free and confidential — Call or Text 211 Today

Help is available, free and confidential — Call or Text 211 Today

When You Call 211

After you CALL 211, select option “6” to access the Opiate Helpline. A Maine-based specialist will refer you to a provider who can help. A specialist will answer your questions to the best of their abilities. You will receive encouragement and support to help you or a loved one.

WHEN YOU TEXT YOUR ZIP CODE TO 898-211

After you TEXT your zip code to 898-211, you are automatically connected with a Maine-based specialist. The specialists will text you back asking what services you are looking for and provide you referrals as close to where you live as possible.

Opioid dependency isn’t worth the pain and suffering it comes with. Call 211 now to make a difference in someone’s life.
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