- The VA's Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution program is available for free to patients at risk of an overdose.
- Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?
- In 2013, the VA released a study that covered suicides from 1999 to 2010, which showed that roughly 22 veterans were dying by suicide per day, or one every 65 minutes.
September is Suicide Prevention Month. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and I strongly urge veterans and their family members to learn more about suicide prevention, drug overdose, and substance abuse treatment. Suicide prevention takes a village.
The VA, other veteran and military stakeholders are desperately trying to raise awareness about the dangers of overdosing and encourage veterans to get help:
“Opioid overdose is the most common type of overdose,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Knowing the signs and symptoms of overdose and resources available for assistance can reduce drug-related deaths, and we encourage Veterans to get information about pain management and substance abuse treatment at their local VA medical facility.”
As part of the VA’s Overdose Awareness efforts, they are highlighting four key program areas:
- Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution: help to prevent overdose and understand the safe use of opioids.
- Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUD) Locator: VA’s specialized SUD treatment.
- Drug “Take Back” Program: VA will “take back” Veterans’ unused and expired drugs.
- Veterans Crisis Line: 24/7 help line for Veterans in crisis.
The Department’s Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution program is available for free to patients at risk of an overdose. To date, the VA has dispensed Naloxone to nearly 200,000 veterans and documented nearly 700 overdose reversals.
Additionally, I thought it might be useful to share my laundry list of resources for veterans, first responders and their families:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Nationwide)
22 Until None (Nationwide)
866-254-9961 (24/7 Lifeline)
Stop Soldier Suicide (Nationwide)
844 – 889-5610
Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GA)
Forever 4 Change (GA)
Support for Gold Star and Military Families
Angels of America’s Fallen (Nationwide)
Camp Corral (Nationwide)
Raising Raiders (NC)
Lead the Way Fund (Nationwide)
Service Dog Training and Assignment
Waypoint Ranch (GA)
Road Home Program (IL)
One Maps (GA)
Real Estate Assistance
Veterans United (Nationwide)
Helping Heroes Save (GA)
Helping Heroes Fly (CO)
Team RWB (Nationwide)
Waves to Recovery (FL)
Gratitude America (FL)
Fallen First Responder Support
Brotherhood for the Fallen (Nationwide)
Substance Abuse Support
Drug Rehab (Nationwide)