Family Counseling Center is working with the Hardin County Opioid Response Program (HCORP) to increase awareness for those at risk for prescription opioid misuse and overdose.
HCORP’s “Be the One” campaign seeks to empower adults of all ages to “be the one” to:
- Increase knowledge about how opioid use occurs/happens, and
- Increase help-seeking behaviors and emotional well-being practices.
Over the course of 11 months, the campaign will release 5 distinct messages that include a series of testimonial videos and resources to help Hardin County residents make informed decisions regarding opioid use and misuse.
- Be the One Who Knows the Risks
Opioids, such as hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl and Demerol, play a role in managing pain, but also come with serious risks. Read more >>
- Be the One Who Talks With Your Doctor
Did you know opioids change how the brain responds to pain and that many side-effects can occur, even when taken as directed? Talk with your doctor about the risks and alternatives to prescription opioids. Read more >>
- Be the One Who Spreads the Word that Treatment Works
Researchers now know more about how opioids affect the brain and have found new treatments that can help people recover and reach their full potential. Read more >>
How it all began…
In 2018, Family Counseling Center, Inc. entered into a formal coalition with Hardin County General Hospital, SIU School of Medicine: Center for Rural Health and Social Sciences, Southern 7 Health Department and Prevention First of Springfield to combine knowledge, skills, resources and a passion for addressing opioid use within Hardin County. With the support of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Rural Communities Opioid Response (Planning) Program, Family Counseling Center, Inc. and the coalition sought to gain a better understanding of the prevalence / incidence of opioid use disorder as well as its overall impact in Hardin County.
In January 2019, the dissemination of a community needs assessment survey resulted in the need for prevention, treatment, and recovery awareness of opioid use disorder. Over the course of one year, the coalition has developed evidence-based, data-driven strategic plans to adequately respond to the opioid issues within Hardin County including the use of a communication campaign.