Joanne Kelley Cogdell
How to support your community in the opioid crisis
CEO of Naxos Neighbors
Language holds a strong power over the way we form narratives. This article from the National Institute on Drug Abuse is one of the first resources I knew I needed. The words I used to discuss substance use were clearly not being used anymore, and I needed to understand why. Shame keeps people from reaching out for help.
“Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong”
This compelling video shares the research around the impact of human connection in preventing and addressing substance use disorder. This TED Talk inspired me to imagine how communities can do more to support and connect with each other, wherever they are in their journey with substance use disorder.
“How to Use Narcan”
You can save lives from opioid overdose now. Knowing the signs of an overdose and being willing to carry and administer naloxone can save a life. Opioid overdose often looks like someone snoring in a deep sleep whom our instincts tell us not to disturb. This calmly presenting, life-threatening event can lure caring people into believing a person doesn’t need help. This video gives a great overview for quickly learning how to recognize an opioid overdose and save lives.
“The Bystander Effect”
I thought that if I was aware of what an opioid overdose looks like, then I would act to save lives. Unfortunately, even those of us who want to help can find it hard to do the right thing, especially when others are present who are not reacting as though a life is in danger. This article from Psychology Today explains why the bystander effect takes place and the process we must go through in our mind to act, especially when others don’t.
If you are ready to respond and save lives, we need you. Naxos Neighbors was created to connect individuals in the community who are equipped with naloxone to those witnessing an opioid overdose. Through this link, you can sign up to be a Naxos OD neighbor responder and help reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths in our community. The need has never been greater.
You cannot predict when the use of naloxone can save a life. Through this website, you can order naloxone and fentanyl test strips to be sent to your home or check out the map to find a distribution box near you where you can pick up naloxone at any time for free, no questions asked.
Peer Recovery Coaching
If you’re concerned about someone's use of opioids like Vicodin, oxycodone, oxymorphone, codeine, heroin or fentanyl, you can talk to a peer recovery coach through the Indiana Recovery Network. A peer recovery coach is someone who is in recovery from substance use disorder and has received training in supporting others in their recovery.