Is 988 available for substance use crisis?

Yes, you can dial 988 for substance use crises, however, in case of an overdose emergency, call 911 and administer naloxone

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) views 988 as an opportunity to transform the country’s behavioral health crisis system to respond to anyone in need. 

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1. What is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) and does 988 replace it?
2. When did 988 go live nationally?
3. How is 988 different than 911?
4. If I call 988, will first responders, like the police or EMS, be automatically dispatched?
5. Will 988 calls be referred to 911?
6. Will my call to Lifeline be recorded?
7. Is 988 available for substance use crisis?
8. How is 988 being funded?
9. What languages will 988 services be available in?
10. Will 988 accommodate those who are hard of hearing or blind?