Help for the Holidays

This season, be sure to carry the essentials

The 2020 holiday season is unlike any other before. With COVID-19 cases on the rise across the nation and globe, many communities are struggling to meet basic needs. In addition to illness, we’re also seeing increases in overdose deaths, especially in the Chicago area.

The Illinois Helpline has teamed up with A Dose of Truth to show how we can help each other this holiday season in our joint campaign, Help for the Holidays.

Let’s support our communities during these challenging times by carrying the essentials:

a face mask, hand sanitizer, a cell phone, and Naloxone/Narcan.

These important items will help keep you safe as well as members in your community.

To learn more about how to access naloxone, visit the Illinois Helpline website.

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Important resources from the Illinois Helpline

Contact the Illinois Helpline. We’re available 24/7/365:

Text “HELP” to 833234
Chat online at

Find Narcan/naloxone near you.

Find a syringe service program near you.

Find online recovery meetings and other resources for people in recovery, people who are actively using, and their loved ones.

Learn more about opioids from A Dose of Truth

The Risks of Opioids

Safely Managing Prescriptions

More helpful resources from A Dose of Truth

Other helpful resources

Never Use Alone
Offers support during substance use and connection to EMS services

NAMI Chicago
Helpline for mental health support

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This holiday season, be sure to carry the essentials:

mask, hand sanitizer, phone, and naloxone.

Be prepared to save a life. Get trained. Carry naloxone. #HelpfortheHolidays

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