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Resources to Prevent Substance Use and Support Recovery

There are clear steps we can all take to reduce the impact of substance use and decrease the risks of overdoses. Access free resources in our updated digital toolkit.

Keep Veterans Safe from the Risks of Overdose

Veterans face unique risks when it comes to substance use and overdose. Whether you're a veteran yourself, a caregiver or family member of a veteran, or a concerned resident of our state, you can take action to decrease the risks of overdoses for veterans.

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The Risks of Substance Use Affect Everyone

Substance use is a serious public health issue. You can get involved to help keep veterans safe.

  • MORE THAN 1 IN 10 veterans have ben diagnosed with a substance use disorder
  • 40.3 MILLION people aged 12+ had substance use disorders in the past year
  1. Teeters JB, Lancaster CL, Brown DG, Back SE. Substance use disorders in military veterans: prevalence and treatment challenges. Subst Abuse Rehabil. 2017;8:69-77. Published 2017 Aug 30. doi:10.2147/SAR.S116720
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2021). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. PEP21-07-01-003, NSDUH Series H-56). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from

Unique Risks that Veterans Face

Veterans face unique challenges and barriers to care that raise their risk for overdose when they are separated from service.

  • Chronic Pain
  • Housing Insecurity
  • Mental Health Concerns
  • Physical Injury
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Reintegration Stress
  • Substance Use
  • Suicide Risk
  • Trauma
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  1. Teeters, J.B., Lancaster, C.L., Brown, D.G., & Back, S.E. (2017). Substance use disorders in military veterans: prevalence and treatment challenges. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation. 8, 69-77. doi:10.2147/SAR.S116720.

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Evidence-Based Resources from Trusted Sources

In addition to the Change the Script toolkit materials, use these trusted sources to find more information on prevention and recovery.

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