Opioids and other medications can provide relief from illness and pain. These drugs can be taken safely, but only when used properly and under a doctor’s close watch.
Using a drug correctly starts by talking with your doctor—be sure to ask questions when a new drug has been prescribed to you:
Warning signs that someone you know has prescription painkiller dependency:
If you have unwanted, unused, or expired medications that you would like to dispose of safely, you can find a drug take back location near you.
If you or someone you know is ready to stop using drugs, call 211 today. You can also text your zip code to 898-211 (TXT-211) to be connected with a friendly Maine-based Specialist.
We all must open our eyes. Treatment is available. Recovery is possible. Get help today.
What to do if you think a loved one is dependent:
If you’ve decided you need help, there are places you can turn. Visit https://findtreatment.gov/ to get started.
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.
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.