1. Add the Montgomery County Crisis Call Center to your cell phone: 833-580-2255 (CALL) is a 24/7 hotline providing information and referral to local substance use and mental health treatment resources.
  2. Be knowledgeable about treatment options - Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) maintains a list of local treatment resources and online screening tools for substance use and mental health.
  3. Sign up for Know! E-Alerts: Know!, part of Ohio’s Start Talking! This Building a Drug-Free Future campaign provides parents (or grandparents and other caregivers) with twice monthly, FREE Know! Parent Tips by email that contain current facts about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, as well as action steps to take to help children resist peer pressure. KNOW.aspx
  4. Complete a Mental Health First Aid training: This 8-hour course will equip you on how to start a conversation with a family member, friend, or co-worker when you recognize they may be experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. To attend, please contact ADAMHS at 937-443-0416, ext129.
  5. Be Informed - Ask Your Physician - If your physician is recommending a pain reliever for you or a family member, ASK if it is an opiate-based medication, ASK if there is a non-opiate alternative.
  6. Carry Naloxone (Narcan) - Project Dawn offers FREE weekly naloxone overdose education & distribution every Wednesday at 12:00 p.m., 601 Edwin C. Moses Blvd, Door F, CrisisCare entrance, Dayton, OH 45417. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register. Project Dawn will schedule training during evenings and weekends at the request of businesses, faith-based organizations, service groups, and other community groups. Call 937-734-9473 for scheduling.
  7. Remove unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals from your house in the Spring and Fall. 70% of teens report diverting medications from family and friends’ medicine cabinets for non-prescribed use or abuse. Unwanted or expired pills or patches can be properly disposed of in a drug drop-off box. Citizens are encouraged to package their unwanted medications in a clear plastic bag. A list of medication disposal drop box locations is available here
  8. Use Medication Lock Boxes- Purchase a lock box for your home and/or anyone you are a caregiver for to safely store and secure access to prescribed medications.