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America's Heroin Epidemic: Where to Find Help

Heroin use in the U.S. is an "urgent public health crisis," officials say. If you know anyone suffering from substance abuse, find resources here.
Image: A drug user addicted to heroin prepares drugs for injection in St. Johnsbury, Vt.
A drug user addicted to heroin prepares drugs for injection in St. Johnsbury, Vt.Spencer Platt / Getty Images, file

NBC News' series "Hooked: America's Heroin Epidemic" (April 7-9) shows just how devastating drug abuse can be on individuals and families. If you or anyone you know is battling a substance abuse problem, the resources below can offer help.

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a toll-free and confidential hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing assistance in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. In the U.S., call 800-662-HELP (4357).

Find alcohol and drug abuse treatment or mental health treatment facilities and programs around the country using the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator on SAMHSA's web site.

The Partnership at provides a toll-free helpline and nationwide support service for parents (and other primary caregivers of children) who want to talk to someone about their child’s drug use and drinking. The Helpline number is 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373) and is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm ET. (Closed weekends and holidays.)

From the Treatment Research Institute, the publication Questions to Ask Treatment Providers is a list of questions that can help guide your conversation with treatment program staff in helping you decide which program is the best fit for your child and family.

Learn2Cope is a support organization for parents and family members dealing with loved ones addicted to opiates and other drugs. The organization has chapters throughout Massachusetts. Call Learn2Cope at 508-738-5148.

Drug Crisis in Our Backyard is a grass-roots support group located in Putnam County, N.Y.