Need help now? 

If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL), available 24/7 at 1-800-715-4225.

If you are struggling and need someone to talk to, please call the Cares Warm Line at 1-844-326-5400 toll-free from 8:30 am – 11:00 pm. This number links to telephone support for individuals with a substance use disorder, mental illness or both provided by specially trained peers in long-term recovery.

If you have thoughts of harm to self or others, please call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.   You may also reach a counselor 24 hours a day at the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

You can reach a crisis counselor 24 hours a day via the Crisis Text Line: Text “Connect” to 741741 (Standard messaging fees are waived on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, and texts to 741741 will not appear on your phone bill if you use one of these carriers.)

Find Treatment  

If you are looking for treatment services, please click the link below or go to findtreatment.samhsa.gov/locator.

Prevent Opioid Overdose Death

How to recognize signs of an overdose

  • Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils”
  • Falling asleep or loss of consciousness
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Choking or gurgling sounds
  • Limp body
  • Pale, blue, or cold skin

What to do if you witness an overdose
Don’t run, call 911!

If you witness or suspect an overdose, Georgia’s 911 Medical Amnesty Law protects you.

  1. Call 911
  2. Administer naloxone, if available.
  3. Try to keep the person awake and breathing.
  4. Lay the person on their side to prevent choking.
  5. Stay with them until emergency workers arrive.

Reverse an Overdose

Prevent Opioid Misuse

CDPH recommends following the guidelines below to help prevent opioid misuse and addiction:

  • Work with your doctor to create a plan on how to manage your pain
  • Always follow the prescribed directions
  • Follow up regularly with your doctor
  • Never take prescription opioids in greater amounts or more often than prescribed
  • If you miss a dose, do not take a double dose to catch up
  • Always let your doctor know about any side effects or concerns you may have about using opioids.
  • Avoid taking opioids with alcohol and other substances or medications without your doctor’s approval. It is very dangerous to combine opioids with other drugs, especially those that cause drowsiness:
    • Benzodiazepines (such as Xanax® and Valium®)
    • Muscle relaxants (such as Soma® or Flexeril®)
    • Hypnotics (such as Ambien® or Lunesta®)
    • Other prescription opioids
  • Never use another person’s prescription and do not share or sell your prescription opioids.
  • Store prescription opioids in a secure place, out of reach of others (including children, family, friends, and visitors). A medication lockbox is a good option.
  • Stop taking opioid medications as soon as your doctor agrees they are no longer needed.
  • Dispose of any unused prescription opioids remaining at the end of your treatment
    • The best thing is to find a drug take-back option, such as medicine drop-off boxes, mail-back programs, or home disposal products. If there isn’t a take-back location near you, check the FDA’s Flush List. No take-back location nearby, and your medicine isn’t on the Flush List? You can dispose of it in the trash.

In addition to the guidelines above, always remember:

  • Use opioid medication only in the form in which it was prescribed.
  • When taking liquid opioid doses, be sure to use an accurate measuring device and only measure out the prescribed amount.
  • Never drive a car or operate heavy machinery while taking opioids.

To learn more, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html

Find Prescription drug drop-off locations in Cobb County:  *To safely dispose of your unused, unwanted or expired medication, visit nearby drop locations.

Forum to Address the Opioid Crisis

County and public health officials have joined forces to address the local opioid crisis in Cobb County. The first county-wide forum was held on January 27 at Jim R. Miller Park. The focus of this meeting was for local leaders to learn more about the Cobb County opioid prevention and response model. More than 80 partners attended the meeting, including government officials, healthcare providers, law enforcement, first responders, and victim advocates.

Cobb County officials from the District Attorney’s Office and Cobb & Douglas Public Health recently visited U.S. counties with proven opioid prevention and response programs and brought the successful framework of these programs back to Cobb County. Some of the areas of focus will include:

  • hospitals and emergency centers,
  • families and the directly affected,
  • opioid providers,
  • naloxone access,
  • law enforcement & judicial,
  • community education and prevention, and
  • assessment, treatment, and recovery.

According to data from Cobb & Douglas Public Health, opioid-involved overdose deaths have been rapidly increasing in Georgia since 2010, driven largely by increased use and misuse of prescription opioids (e.g., Oxycodone and Hydrocodone). Of Georgia’s counties, Cobb had the highest number of opioid-related overdose deaths in 2017 and the second highest in 2018.

To get involved with future opioid meetings in Cobb County, email: [email protected].