Educational Materials and Resources

The resources provided on this page are for information and educational purposes and may not be a complete listing. There is no endorsement of one resource over another.

Social Media Toolkit

#Down20by21 is a social media toolkit for use by individuals and/or organizations who are working to prevent drug overdose. This free resource contains ready to use social media messages that can be copied and pasted into Facebook and Twitter. This toolkit contains one year of social media posts based on national health observances related to drug overdose prevention. There are messages for both adult and youth audiences; toolkit users can choose the ones most applicable to those they serve.

Download the toolkit. Some posts in the toolkit have downloadable images below to accompany them. Please use both the written post and image whenever indicated.

For questions about this toolkit or its use contact Michelle Ricci at 919-250-4555 or

Downloadable Images for Monthly Social Media Campaigns (right-click each link):
Month Audience Medium Subject
​January ​Adult/Youth ​Facebook Human Trafficking
​March ​Adult ​Facebook Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet
​April ​Adult ​Facebook Lock Your Meds
​April ​Adult ​Facebook/Twitter 1 in 3 Children in Foster Care
​April ​Adult ​Facebook/Twitter Good Samaritan Law
​August ​Adult ​Facebook ​International Overdose Awareness Day
​August ​Youth ​Facebook ​International Overdose Awareness Day
​August ​Adult ​Twitter ​International Overdose Awareness Day
​November ​Adult ​Facebook/Twitter ​Inspirational Quote
​December ​Adult/Youth ​Facebook 2 in 3 Car Accident Deaths

Drug and Opioid Education Programs 

 General Public

Education Programs

Substance use prevention programs 

Certified peer support training and other programs

Written Information

Describes the purpose and work of the Wake County Drug Overdose Prevention Coalition.

Describes prescription drug misuse and where to get help.

Describes the risk of medicine misuse by Seniors, steps to staying safe and Wake County medicine drop box locations.

Describes how to safely use prescription drugs and Wake County Medicine drop box locations.

Web Resources

Learn what individuals and medical professionals can do to make a difference in the opioid crisis.

In this FBI documentary, individuals and parents of children tell their own stories about opioid abuse and the tragic consequences. (strong language and graphic images)

Free and confidential. This crisis and suicide prevention helpline offers crisis intervention, supportive and non-judgmental active listening, gentle and understanding discussion of crisis resolution, and refers callers to appropriate resources in the community.

Lists locations in Wake County to safely dispose of unused and expired medicines.

This campaign, created by the NC Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services describes how North Carolinians can play a part in ending the opioid epidemic.

Provides free cessation services for anyone in North Carolina who needs help quitting tobacco use.


  • NC Department of Justice
List of partners across NC working to address the opioid crisis. 
  Faith Communities
Written Information

Information and resources about opioids, the opioid epidemic and what faith leaders can do to help members of their congregation in need.


  Health Care Providers

Web Resources

Learn what medical professionals and individuals can do to make a difference in the opioid crisis.

Provides  recommendations concerning the appropriate prescribing of opioid pain relievers and other treatment options for pain management and patient safety.

Summarizes guidelines for clinicians treating chronic pain in adults with a history of substance abuse.

Provides information and resources on North Carolina Medical Board programs to positively impact the opioid crisis.

          Links health care providers to guidelines, clinical tools, training and CME.

An interactive web based training that uses health literacy principles and a multi-modal team based approach to promote appropriate, safe and effective use of opioids to manage pain.

Helps health care providers, communities and local governments develop practices and policies to prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Addresses issues for health care providers, first responders, treatment providers and those in recovery.