Where to get help
SAMHSA’s recently released consumer guide titled How Can a Peer Specialist Support My Recovery From Problematic Substance Use? offers people with problematic substance use a how-to resource about working on recovery with a peer specialist.
One Pill Can Kill (CDC)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Evidence Based Practices Resource Center
Texas One Pill Kills (HHSC)
Important Phone Numbers
211 Texas or 877-541-7905 - Free and anonymous, available 24/7, 365 days/year. Get help finding resources in your community, help with food or housing, child care, crisis counseling, or substance abuse treatment.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline - offers 24/7 call, text, and chat access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use, and/or mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also call, text or chat 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. Available in Spanish.
911 – If you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency, call 911. Trained staff will dispatch emergency medical services, fire, and police as needed.
Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) Outreach, Screening, Assessment, and Referral (OSAR): hhs.texas.gov/services/mental-health-substance-use/mental-health-substance-use-resources/outreach-screening-assessment-referral.
Note: OSARs can screen and refer individuals to treatment and can also provide both naloxone (for those using fentanyl/opioids with xylazine) and xylazine test strips (currently not considered drug paraphernalia since xylazine is not yet a controlled substance) by request to eligible agencies (i.e., agencies that work in substance use prevention, intervention, treatment, or recovery).
HHSC Mental Health and Substance Use: hhs.texas.gov/services/mental-health-substance-use.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) website
- CDC State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS) dashboard
- CDC Xylazine webpage
- CDC Xylazine resources
Note for Xylazine links: These sites include resources developed by state health departments that address a variety of topics including wound care for those with wounds from xylazine use.
- Fentanyl Adulterated or Associated with Xylazine Response Plan: whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/FENTANYL-ADULTERATED-OR-ASSOCIATED-WITH-XYLAZINE-EMERGING-THREAT-RESPONSE-PLAN-Report-July-2023.pdf
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Advisory: Low Barrier Models of Care for Substance Use Disorders
- National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2022 Data
- New Guides to Help Communities Respond to the Opioid Overdose Crisis
- Coping with the Overdose Crisis as a Responder
- 2023-2026 SAMHSA Strategic Plan
- Incorporating Peer Support into Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services
US Department of Health and Human Services Overdose Prevention Strategy hhs.gov/overdose-prevention/.
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