Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress


What does ASAP stand for, and what are you doing?

ASAP stands for the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress. It began as an initiative dedicated to coordinating a community-wide response to Bartholomew County’s opioid crisis. ASAP was created in April 2017 with a two-year timeframe to assess the problem, propose solutions and implement projects throughout the county to build community capacity to prevent and treat substance use disorder.  ASAP incorporated as ASAP, Inc. in mid 2018 and received its 501c3 in early 2019 in order to continue on an ongoing basis.

What are opioids?

Opioid is a term that refers to certain prescription pain medications and illegal drugs derived from the poppy plant. Opioids have a numbing effect on pain and have the potential to produce a feeling of euphoria in some people. Commonly prescribed opioid medications include oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, codeine and fentanyl. Heroin is also an opioid. Regular use of opioids can lead to dependence.

How can I stay informed?

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Can I help?

Yes! Everyone has a role to play in combating the opioid crisis. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of substance use disorder. If your doctor suggests prescribing you opioids, ask about alternative treatment options. Count and secure the medications in your home. Properly dispose of unused and/or expired prescription medications. Most importantly, share this information with others to help us raise awareness.

If you are interested in hosting an educational presentation about the opioid crisis for your organization, contact us.

Where can I get rid of unused/expired prescriptions?

Safe medication disposal boxes are located in multiple places within Bartholomew County. Visit the Safe Medication Disposal page for more information.

Why do some people get addicted and others don’t?

A combination of factors influence an individual’s risk for addiction. Not everyone who uses drugs becomes dependent or develops and addiction. Biology, environment and age can all affect a person’s sensitivity to substances and likelihood of addiction. There is no one way to know if or when a person will develop an addiction to a substance. However, we do know that the younger someone is when they start using substances, the higher their risk is for developing an addiction later in life.

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Why does someone continue to use drugs when they have a problem?

Addiction is considered a brain disease. Once addicted, an individual’s capacity to stop using substances on their own is significantly weakened due to profound changes that occur in the brain. The changes can impair judgment, decision making, stress, memory and behavior, leading to continued use despite the harmful consequences.

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How do I know if I or someone I love needs treatment?

To find out if you or someone you love needs treatment, visit a health care provider with specialized training in substance use disorders. They can perform an assessment to determine if treatment would be beneficial. For more information on local providers, download the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resource Guide.

What type of treatment is best?

There are a variety of treatment options available for substance use disorders. No single treatment is best for everyone. Treatment settings vary in the level of medical care provided and intensity. The health care provider who performs your assessment can help you figure out what treatment setting is best for you. See below for more information on medication-assisted treatment.

What is medication-assisted treatment?

Medication-assisted treatment is considered the gold standard for treating opioid addiction. Medications prescribed for opioid addiction treatment curb cravings and reduce withdrawal symptoms without producing a high. These medications, in combination with therapy, allow the brain and body to heal and learn to replace unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones.

Why is the city spending its money on Narcan® (naloxone)?

Addiction should not be a death sentence. Naloxone can be the difference between life and death. The Columbus Police Department and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office are dedicated to doing everything in their power to preserve life, including using naloxone.

Who should have naloxone on hand?

If you know you have family members or friends who use opioids, or if you use them yourself, consider keeping naloxone on hand in case of an overdose. Naloxone can be purchased without a prescription at CVS, Walgreens or Kroger pharmacies in Bartholomew County.  Naloxone is also available at the ASAP Hub.

Last modified on Friday, 3 April 2020 10:27