The opioid crisis plaguing the planet has many heroes and many villains. Let’s take a moment to look at some of the heroes who are helping make a bad situation better.


Some Doctors and Nurses

It’s true that some doctors have caused much of the opioid epidemic through over-prescription and blindly for-profit pharmaceutical companies. But for all the attention given to these people, there are also countless doctors, nurses, and first responders on the front lines who are fighting to save lives on a daily basis and are passionately balance ways to help their patients get the pain relief they need while trying to avoid addictive drugs.


Holders of Naloxone

The so-called overdose antidote naloxone has saved the lives of many people. Many schools, police, and even friends of drug addicts are receiving also training in administering this drug to save further lives of people overdosing.


Some Members of the Justice Community

Discovery InstituteWhile some police and people in the justice system have used the war on drugs to disproportionately prosecute certain communities to devastating results, there are others who are working in the interest of the community at large and their efforts shouldn’t go unnoticed.

For instance, police officer Dwayne White of the Bonifay Police Department, for example, was arrested recently for selling opioids out of his squad car, while on duty, and in uniform. It is hard to exaggerate just how damaging the actions of someone like White can be, but at the same time, seeing officials stand up and arrest one of their own sends a strong signal.


Mental Health Professionals

Many therapists, support groups, and even people in organizations parallel to direct mental health such as gyms have saved untold numbers of human lives. They’ve courageously been there and provided positive examples and new opportunities for people looking for a way out.


Community Workers

Finally, there are countless members of community development agencies, nonprofits, shelters, and individuals who are spending a significant amount of time and effort working to do everything they can to attack the problem from every different angle. These are also the people you might encounter in public in potentially dangerous areas trying to do what they can to give assistance to those who truly need the help. 



If you are struggling, you’re not alone. By seeking out the help you need, you can make the difference you need in your life, and be a great example for others who may look up to you. Get started today by learning about detox programs in New Jersey by calling 844-478-6563.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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