Helpful Resources


Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Understanding the Epidemic | Drug Overdose | CDC Injury Center. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides you with all there is to know about the opioid epidemic.

NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services

SAMHSA National Helpline – SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Addiction and Recovery Guide The Addiction Recovery Guide assists individuals struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism find help that best suits their needs. From evaluation to residential treatment, we have selected a range of outstanding programs and resources.

Too Many Pills
At the urging of his editor, Washington Post reporter Lenny Bernstein set out to learn why millions of pills were being sent to cities and towns across the U.S. Listen to this story of what he found out.


The Foster Care System Is Flooded With Children Of The Opioid Epidemic by Scott Simon

Short Answers to Hard Questions about the Opioid Crisis

With the death toll from drugs rising faster than ever, you might feel that you could use a little catching up. For a quick refresher, and more on the practical effects of a formal declaration of an emergency, here are answers to 12 critical questions.

Warning: This Drug May Kill You Offers a Close-Up of the Opioid Epidemic
This review in The Atlantic is about the documentary by Perri Peltz that looks at four families devastated by addiction to prescription pills.

A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Opioid Crisis: A Pharmacist’s Perspective

The Opioid Epidemic Is A National Public Health Emergency | HuffPost
Drug overdose is the leading cause of death from unintentional injuries in the United States killing more people than gun homicides and car crashes. Aug 9, 2017

Details On Death Certificates Offer Layers Of Clues To Opioid – NPR
Dr. James Gill, Connecticut’s chief medical examiner, says the opioid crisis has made accidental drug overdose a much more common cause of death in his state. His office is even running out of room to store bodies, he says.


DREAMLAND: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones. In this National Book Critics Circle Award-winning book, the investigative journalist Sam Quinones looks at two phenomena — the over prescription of pain medication in the 1990s and the influx of black-tar heroin from Mexico to the United States — to explain how opiate addiction has come to plague hundreds of towns across the country.

CLEAN: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy by David Sheff.
This book examines the available research on prevention and treatment to argue that “addiction isn’t a criminal problem, but a health problem.”

Tweak by Nic Sheff. Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise.

Thin Wire: A Mother’s Journey Through Her Daughter’s Heroin Addiction by Christine Lewry. This story is written in the voices of a mother and daughter about the daughter’s struggle with heroin addiction and the journey they took toward her recovery. It gives a good insight into the mind of an addict and the pain that is suffered by all involved.

MARLENA by Julie Buntin. An electric novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades
The story “Marlena” is told retrospectively by a woman named Cat, as a 30-something adult; she recounts her yearlong friendship with the title character as a teenager in Northern Michigan.  


The Trade –  An unflinching look inside America’s heroin crisis. This five-part series by filmmaker, Matthew Heineman spotlights the heroin crisis through the eyes of those most affected: the growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement hopelessly caught in its web. This documentary can be seen free on Showtime.

‘Heroin(e)’: The Women Fighting Addiction In Appalachia
Huntington, W.V. Fire Chief Jan Rader and Judge Patricia Keller are the central figures in the Netflix documentary short Heroin(e).

Warning: This Drug May Kill You – Through the personal and emotional stories of people on the front lines of the opioid epidemic in the U.S., Warning: This Drug May Kill You takes an unflinching look at the devastating effects of addiction through the stories of four families whose lives have been decimated by addictions that all began with legitimate prescriptions to dangerous painkillers.

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic – This PBS program traces the causes behind the unprecedented growth in the use of prescription opioids and the devastating impact these drugs are having in virtually every part of America. Albert Wisner Library Collection

Pleasure Unwoven. Kevin McCauley explores the most important question about addiction: is it a choice? Or a disease? Dr. McCauley turns complex neuroscientific concepts into easy-to-understand visual images that will help people in recovery feel better understand, and their families and friends feel hope that recovery is possible.
Albert Wisner Library Collection

“Reversing the Stigma” is a new documentary that highlights the work being done in New York State to combat addiction. The film, narrated by acclaimed television journalist Laurie Dhue, profiles multiple people in various stages of recovery, who share their stories and experiences.

Area Programs and Resources:

The links below offer information about addiction and prevention programs, proper drug disposal, safe prescribing practices and other helpful materials to protect you and your family.

ALCOHOLISM & DRUG ABUSE COUNCIL OF ORANGE COUNTY – ADAC offers a wide array of services and programs to meet the needs of individuals, families, schools and communities.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES COMMUNITY SERVICES OF ORANGE AND SULLIVAN COUNTY – The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide help and create hope. Here you will find the resources you need all in one place to combat the disease of addiction.

Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition. The Coalition’s mission is to reduce alcohol and marijuana abuse among youth and to prevent initiation into all drug use by encouraging wise & healthy decisions by all community members.

Rockland Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependence.
The mission of rcadd is to increase public awareness of the disease of addiction and through prevention education and advocacy. Check out their “Helpful Links” and “Community Based Prevention” programs.