You are not alone.
Help is available for opioid use disorder (OUD) in Lawrence.
Call 911 if you suspect an overdose. Here are the common overdose signs. Recognizing an overdose can be difficult. If you aren't sure, it is best to treat the situation like an overdose - you could save a life.
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You can use the filters on the map to find doctors and other healthcare providers that prescribe medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD, also called MAT), naloxone (also known as Narcan® or Kloxxado™ nasal spray) and drug disposal sites.
Important Notes for Lawrence:
- Find a kiosk, dropbox, or one-day event near you to dispose of prescription drugs that are expired or no longer needed.
- Learn how to get naloxone from a pharmacy or an overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) program in Massachusetts.
- Lawrence Pharmacies: NARCAN® (naloxone) is available from your pharmacist without a prescription from your doctor. It is also covered by most major insurance plans. Please contact your health insurance provider to find out about your coverage and co-pay requirements.
Recovery Support Services:
- Locate a peer recovery support center near you to offer and receive support from individuals in recovery from substance use disorder, as well as families and loved ones affected by addiction.
Get Medication for Opioid Use Disorder
Each person has a personal path to recovery from opioid use disorder, and treatment with medication is a medical standard of care. People who stop using opioids often go back to using them if they do not use medication to help them. Stopping and then restarting opioid use increases the chance of dying from an overdose.
Naloxone is a medicine that can save someone’s life if they are overdosing on opioids — whether it’s a prescription opioid, heroin, or a drug containing fentanyl. FDA approved forms of naloxone that are available include the nasal sprays Narcan® and Kloxxado™, the ZIMHI™ prefilled syringe, and generic formulations that are used with a syringe or IV.
Anyone can give naloxone to a person who may be overdosing, even if you don’t know what they have overdosed on.
You may be able to get it from a pharmacy or local health department without a personal prescription, often for free.
It can be used on pregnant women.
It is safe to keep around children.
Dispose of Prescription Opioids
It is not safe to share unused medications with others, and it is important remove all leftover prescription pain medication from your home. Medication take-back drop boxes and events are the best way to safely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medicines that have passed their expiration date or are no longer needed.
All medicines dropped off at the drug disposal sites will be destroyed and discarded. Before disposing of medications, remove all personal information on the label of pill bottles or medicine packaging. To safely dispose of medicine at home, mix with coffee grounds or other unpalatable substances before disposing in the trash or check the FDA list for opioids that can be flushed down the toilet. You can also ask your local pharmacist for advice on how best to dispose of a specific medicine.
Discover Additional Local Resources
- Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline: If you or someone you know is looking for treatment, call the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline.
- 988: If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide or is in a mental health crisis.
Call or Text: 988
- Aunt Bertha: Search and connect to support services, such as food, housing, healthcare, etc.
Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention
- Mass.gov | Syringe Services Programs (SSPs): Find syringe service programs supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
- Never Use Alone: Call 800-484-3731 if you are going to use when you are alone.
- Mass.gov | Stop an Overdose with Naloxone: Learn more about naloxone, how to get naloxone, and program resources for agencies that distribute naloxone.
- Mass.gov | Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs: Find a kiosk, dropbox, or one-day event near you to dispose of prescription drugs that are expired or no longer needed.
Tools for Recovery
- Learn to Cope: A peer-led support group for families and loved ones who supports someone who has substance use disorder.
- RIZE Massachusetts | Your Rights in Recovery: A ‘toolkit’ of supports and resources for people with opioid use disorder as they navigate housing, healthcare, employment, etc.
- Mass.gov | Peer Recovery Support Centers: A regional listing of Massachusetts Peer Recovery Support Centers (PRSC) which offer and receive support from individuals in recovery from substance use disorder, as well as families and loved ones affected by addiction.
Get Involved in Your Community
Lawrence is taking important steps to address the opioid crisis in your community and across the country by participating in the HEALing Communities Study. Learn more about the study, which is being implemented in four states.
You can make a difference too.
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Spread the word. Help others in Lawrence find help and learn how they can get involved.
- Request campaign materials.
- Share this page on your social platforms.
Stand Up to Stigma
Stigma is the disapproval of, or discrimination against, a person based on a negative stereotype. Stigma often affects how people with opioid use disorder are treated, making it difficult for them to find jobs, places to live, and medical care.
Questions about the study in Lawrence?
Community Engagement Facilitator, Boston Medical Center