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Drug Safety and Prevention

Marcel Gemme By Marcel Gemme | Last Updated: 27 January 2023
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Drug Use Prevention Tips

  • Talk with the individual and, have an open dialogue, provide them with facts about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.
  • Demonstrate that you care about their health. Identify with them, even use personal stories.
  • Recognize early warning signs: some signs can occur at once or at the same time, for example:
    • Drastic mood changes.
    • Significant lack of responsibility with work, school, or family.
    • A complete disregard for rules or law.
    • Memory lapses, poor concentration, bloodshot eyes, lack of coordination, or slurred speech.
    • New friends or acquaintances.
  • A successful approach involves active listening:
    • Ask open-ended questions
    • Be positive and find positives in the situation.
    • Let them know you understand what they are saying.
    • Sum up and ask questions; show them you are listening the entire time.
    • Offer empathy, compassion, and assistance.

Drug Education

Understanding the dangers of illicit substances goes a long way in the prevention of substance use. Below are resources about commonly used drugs.

Overdose Prevention Resources

International Overdose Awareness Day occurs on August 31st. It is the world’s annual campaign to end overdose, remember those who have died without stigma, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. In addition, it educates the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Stop Overdose Now (SON) is a foundation that brings together decades of experience and expertise in innovative public health science, entrepreneurial social marketing, and internet technology. They have strong roots in drug prevention, harm reduction, treatment, research, and policy communities. STOP OVERDOSE NOW is developing a suite of mobile tools to combat the opioid overdose epidemic that will empower people who use drugs to take action within their own community and when they travel.

CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ARTICLE

Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.

Who Answers?

Calls to the website’s main number are answered by best treatment center LLC and Intervention, a call center that specializes in helping individuals and families find resources for substance use disorders.