"Opioids" Short Film|
The Untold Story of Millions

Two million Americans abuse prescription opioids every year. This epidemic crosses cultural and socioeconomic boundaries. Opioid addiction is a rampant issue, yet it is rarely discussed. 

This is the untold story of millions of Americans. This film was created to empower those dealing with opioid addiction to speak up and seek help.

Our ultimate goal is to facilitate the conversation of character in American youth culture. This is where you come in.

The following resources are to be used in conjunction with the video. 


Practical Toolkit for Faith & Community Leaders in the Opioid Epidemic

Effective Drug Refusal Skills for Teens & Adults

About The Epidemic

Big Marijuana Moves to Exploit the Opioid Epidemic

Factsheet on Opioids and Heroin Epidemic

How to Respond To An Opioid Overdose

How to Safely Dispose of Drugs

Opioid Addiction Disease Facts & Figures

Opioid Crisis Statistics

Pain Management Options

General Facts and Recommendations: Facing Addiction in America

How to Prevent Opioid Abuse & Addiction

Prevention Programs & Tools

Recovery Resources & Tools

Opioid Awareness Resources – Department of Justice

Does Socioeconomic Advantage Lessen the Risk of Adolescent Substance Use?

Treatment for Opioid Abuse & Disorder

Understanding the Opioid Crisis – Alabama Department of Mental Health

The agony of opioid withdrawal — and what doctors should tell patients about it – Travis Rieder Video

ONE DECISION “Educate yourself before deciding a drug should be a part of your life.” This is the message repeated again and again from those in recovery from addiction. Short film by Adam Stewart, WV

50-State Analysis of Drug Overdose Trends: The Evolving Opioid Crisis Across the States (Infographics)

National Prescription Drug Take Back DayAdditional Links for Take Back Day

High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas

All Hands on Deck Needed to End the Opioid Crisis – Rob Chambers, President, ACAAP

Recovery Organization of Support Specialists (ROSS) – ROSS will provide support services to all individuals in Jefferson County (Alabama) and surrounding areas.


The school lesson plans are non-sectarian in nature and appropriate for use in public schools.

Opioid Awareness – MIDDLE SCHOOL

Opioid Awareness – HIGH SCHOOL



Opioid Awareness – LESSON 01

Opioid Awareness – LESSON 02

Opioid Awareness – LESSON 03

We believe it is possible to change a self-destructive youth culture, but we need you.

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