Rx Resources

A list of information and resources related to prescription drug and heroin addiction.


The FDA’s Guide to Safe Use of Pain Medication

    Information to avoid pain medication abuse and overdose.

American Society of Addiction Medicine

    A professional society representing over 3,000 physicians and associated professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment.

The Medicine Abuse Project

    A five-year action campaign that aims to prevent half a million teens from abusing medicine by the year 2017.


    Information about the opioid overdose antidote naloxone.

National Council on Patient Information and Education

    A non-profit coalition working to stimulate and improve communication of information on the appropriate use of medicines to consumers and health care professionals.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    U.S. government agency whose mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Injury Center

    Information about prescription drug addiction and preventing painkiller overdoses.


National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse

    The goal of NCAPDA is to create awareness of the dangers caused by prescription drug abuse.

Advocates for the Reform of Prescription Opioids

    ARPO aims to end the epidemic of death and addiction caused by prescription opioid drugs by ensuring that opioids are regulated, marketed, prescribed and used in an evidence-based manner.

GRASP – Grief Recovery After A Substance Passing

    A source for help, compassion and understanding for families or individuals who have had a loved one die as a result of substance abuse or addiction.

Students Against Destructive Decisions

    Provides students with prevention tools for drinking and driving, substance abuse, and other destructive decisions

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator

    SAMHSA’s drug and alcohol treatment program map and facility locator.

The Courage to Speak Foundation

    An organization dedicated to saving lives by educating and empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to talk to their children about the danger of drugs.

Faces & Voices of Recovery

    An organization working to mobilize and promote resources for the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs.


    A worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction.

Narcotics Anonymous

    A support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle.


    Working to connect people and their families with the information and resources to help them recover from substance abuse and behavioral disorders.

Further Reading

Pain Killer: A “Wonder” Drug’s Trail of Addiction and Death, by Barry Meier

When Painkillers Become Dangerous: What Everyone Needs to Know About OxyContin and Other Prescription Drugs, by Drew Pinsky

Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs, by Melody Petersen

The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It, by Marcia Angell

Prescription Drug Addiction: The Hidden Epidemic, by Rod Colvin

Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher, by Gwen Olsen

Defining Moments: A Suburban Father’s Journey into his Son’s Oxy Addiction, by Bradley DeHaven

Pill Head: The Secret Life of a Painkiller Addict, by Joshua Lyon

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, by David Sheff

More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction, by Elizabeth Wurtzel

The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter’s Worst Nightmare, by Kristina Wandzilak and Constance Curry

Stay Close: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction, by Libby Cataldi

America Anonymous: Eight Addicts In Search of a Life, by Benoit Denizet-Lewis

Addict In The Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery, by Beverly Conyers

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