The St. Louis CRUSH (Community Resources United to Stop Heroin) Coalition serves as a centralized resource hub to ensure that accurate, relevant, and up-to-date information about the epidemic use of heroin and other opioids is available to both the general public and to those organizations actively working to address the issue in the St. Louis Region. Our aim is to involve all facets of the community, such as youth and parents, schools, healthcare professionals, religious, volunteer, and substance misuse organizations, media, and law enforcement in order to reach that goal. We focus our efforts in education, prevention, recovery and treatment in the most vulnerable segments of our population. We work to bring about education and prevention efforts that are both culturally relevant to our different communities, but also in the language that our audience speaks.
Our coalition is comprised of a number of educators, prevention specialists, recovery and treatment facilities, community partners, law enforcement, and those with lived experience. We aim to bring culturally appropriate information, resources, and education about Opioid Use Disorder and Substance Use Disorder to the greater St. Louis Area. If you would like to join in our efforts please fill out the contact information at the bottom of our page, and a member of our coalition will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
What are opiods?
Opioids are a type of drug used to treat pain. They can also make someone feel a “high.” There are many different kinds of opioids, including the illegal drug heroin, illegally-produced fentanyl, and pain medications prescribed by doctors such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, tramadol, morphine, fentanyl, and others.
What is opioid use disorder?
Opioid use disorder (OUD), sometimes called opioid addiction, is a chronic medical condition. Symptoms of opioid use disorders include strong desire for opioids, inability to control or reduce use, continued use despite interference with major obligations or social functioning, use of larger amounts over time, development of tolerance, spending a great deal of time to obtain and use opioids, and withdrawal symptoms that occur after stopping or reducing use.
How is opioid use disorder treated?
There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to OUD treatment, but many people benefit from treatment with medication. There are 3 medication options: methadone, buprenorphine products (including Suboxone), and naltrexone (Vivitrol). Methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine have each been found to be more effective in reducing opioid use than no medication. Methadone and buprenorphine treatment also lower the risk of overdose death.
People recovering from opioid use disorder tend to be more successful when they use medication along with professional counseling and a strong support system. Recovery support can include help from family or friends, meeting other people in recovery, and professional treatment. The longer people stay in treatment and make use of recovery supports, the better the outcomes.
What is recovery?
Recovery is a long-term process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. of improving health and wellness. Mental and physical health, having a stable home, finding a sense of purpose, and building community are all important aspects of recovery.
Each individual’s process of recovery is unique. Recovery supports that may be helpful include peer mentors, recovery coaching, mutual aid groups, and recovery housing, among others.
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