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Knowing the Risk of Opioid Prescription Pain Medications

 


Knowing the Risks of Opioid Prescription Pain Medications

Watch this video to learn about the risks of opioid prescriptions. The video also covers non-opioid treatment options, how to safely store opioids, and side effects of opioids.

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Knowing the Risks of Opioid Prescription Pain Medications  

Watch this video to learn about the risks of opioid prescriptions. The video also covers non-opioid treatment options, how to safely store opioids, and side effects of opioids.

Fentanyl

A deadly opioid called fentanyl is being added to drugs like heroin and cocaine.
There is no way to tell if it has been mixed into your drugs. Fentanyl overdoses happen quickly so have someone ready to call 911.
Here is where you can learn how to stay safe with fentanyl.

 

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About opioids

Prescription opioids (such as OxyContin, Percocet, Opana, and Vicodin) can be used safely to treat pain when they’re taken the way a doctor tells you to take them.

If they aren’t taken correctly, they can be addictive and can cause serious health problems – even an overdose or death.

Street opioids (like heroin) are more dangerous than prescription opioids because they can have harmful drugs or chemicals mixed into them.

There is no way to know what has been mixed in them. This means that you might be at risk of an overdose. Street opioids can also have different strengths depending on who or where you buy them from. Sometimes, street opioids are made into fake prescription pills. If you use street opioids, there are some steps you can take to prevent overdose.

 

More resources

 

Get Naloxone

Naloxone is a medicine that can reverse an opioid overdose. Find out where you can get naloxone

Find help

Find help if you or someone you know is struggling with addiction.

Safer Drug Use Practices

Learn how to be safer when using drugs.

Respond to Overdose

Learn how to respond to an overdose by recognizing common signs of overdose and what to do next.

Getting Rid of Medicines

Find out how you can get rid of any unused medications safely at a drug disposal location.

Find Local Events

Learn about events happening in our state that are focused on overdose prevention.