Killing More Than Pain

Steered Straight’s in-depth Student Presentation is done in smaller classrooms or lecture halls and addresses one of the most deadly epidemics affecting adolescents today: prescription drug misuse, abuse and overdose. Our presentation focuses on opiates, opioids and other prescription classes.

Students are taught how the epidemic began, why it is getting worse, and most importantly, how they can stop it. They learn appropriate steps to effectively avoid involvement and prevent it from affecting them personally. The consistent evolution from opioids to heroin is explained and the fatal dangers of synthetic drugs, heroin and opioids discussed.

Students leave with an intense understanding and heightened caution about prescription medication, both prescribed and diverted, and how to look at these products in a much more critical way. Now is the perfect time to begin talking to your teen about drugs. Please reach out to Steered Straight if you have any questions and ask your school to offer this valuable program.


For parents dealing with an addict by Ron Grover

7 Truths About My Addict That Took 5 Years To Learn
Following are seven hard lessons learned on a journey of loving an addict son.
1. Parents Are Enablers
2. I Cannot Fix This
3. My Addict Is A Liar
4. My Addict Is A Criminal
5. Others Don’t Want Them Around
6. Life Will Not Be The Same
7. Homelessness May Be The Path He Chooses

Until you understand the truth you cannot find peace within yourself or really be able to help your addict. To read the full heartbreaking yet truthful story by Ron Grover click here, it may give you strength in becoming more effective helpers for your addict.


Finding Help with Addiction when Uninsured
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

A good place to start for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders and are in need of treatment but do not have insurance is with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Conversations are confidential and free. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations and is available 24-hours-a-day, 365-day-a-year, in English and Spanish. Visit the online treatment locators here. You will be referred to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, you may be referred to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. The service SAMHSA provides is confidential.

Following is a list of other SAMHSA services that may help those with addiction:
Buprenorphine Physician & Treatment Program Locator
Find information on locating physicians and treatment programs authorized to treat opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers.
Opioid Treatment Program Directory
Find treatment programs in your state that treat addiction and dependence on opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers.