First responders continue to treat an extraordinary number of patients who have overdosed on opioids. Not My Addiction features four recovering opioid addicts who share their experiences with the associated pain, overdose, and near death consequences of their struggle with addiction. The video is designed to educate first responders (EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, police officers, etc.) about the true human costs of addiction and help first responders to focus on compassion and understanding. The fundamentals of opioid addiction are typically not a part of the formal EMT or paramedic training program and this lack of education can become a catalyst for stigma.
To view a version subtitled in Spanish, click here.
Aug. 22, 2019: The St. Charles County (Mo.) Ambulance District takes a progressive approach to helping opioid abusers with its SURRT program; learn more in this video produced by EMS World.
Aug. 22, 2019: Watch the new Not My Addiction trailer.
June 3, 2019: Not My Addiction won a Gold Telly award at the 40th annual Telly Awards.