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Addressing the Opioid Crisis


SAMHSA National Treatment Website or 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Eldercare Locator Website or 1-800-677-1116


ACL's Connecting People to Programs and Services Web Page

Web Resource: Grandfamilies Impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use


The opioid public health emergency is affecting Americans of all ages; racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities; income classes; and geographic areas. However, older adults and persons with disabilities are among the groups most impacted by the opioid crisis because they often use prescription opioids to cope with acute pain, such as after a surgery, or ongoing pain from chronic conditions.

Through the aging and disability networks, ACL is helping address the opioid crisis by:

  • Reaching people impacted by this crisis in the community (i.e., older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, grandparents raising grandchildren), and connecting them with resources
  • Offering resources to professionals and volunteers touching the lives of older people, people with disabilities, and caregivers
  • Generating new knowledge on the impact of the opioid crisis on people with disabilities and older adults, as well as their families
  • Aligning partnerships within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other federal agencies to increase access to effective prevention and treatment.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), ACL, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Council on Aging (NCOA), and others offer a range of information and resources for providers and families: 

Training and Toolkits
Factsheets and Issue Briefs
Reports and Publications
Stakeholder Input
Archived Event Materials

Related Links


Last modified on 02/13/2023

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