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What is an opioid?

  • Opioids are a class of drug used to treat pain. Some examples of opioids are:  Fentanyl, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and codeine.

  • Opioids are very effective for certain conditions while under the supervision of medical doctor but they also carry high addiction potential and sometimes result in overdose.

 

What is fentanyl and why is it dangerous?

  • Opioids can be used illegally. In addition to prescription opioids (mention above) there are also illicit “street opioids” that can place people at high risk for overdose. Examples of these types of “street opioids” are heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl compounds.
  • Illegal fentanyl is many times stronger than morphine and is implicated in a large percentage of opioid related deaths worldwide, especially when combined with other opioids, alcohol or sedative medications such as alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan) and clonazepam (Klonopin).

  • Opioids cause death by suppressing respiratory function (breathing).

  • Often illicit fentanyl is disguised and made to look like other prescription drugs that people obtain illegally.

  • When a person does not know what they are taking, or they have a low tolerance for opioids, they can stop breathing.

  • Even small amounts for “street fentanyl” can be fatal and people who buy pills or other powdered drugs illicitly place themselves at high risk of overdose.

 

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What is the treatment for Opioid Overdose?

  • Naloxone is an FDA approved drug that reverses the effect of an opioid overdose.

  • Naloxone is made available to the public to carry with them in the event that they encounter someone who is suspected of overdosing.

  • Due to the potency of “street fentanyl,” normal doses of naloxone may not be effective or may only work for a short period of time.

  • If a person encounters someone that is suspected of overdose they should immediately call 911.

  • If someone you know uses opioids, carrying naloxone can be a life saving measure.

  • If someone you know needs help with an opioid or other type of Substance Use Disorder, there are resources available locally to help.

 

Where can Naloxone be obtained?

  • Community Regional Medical Center 

    2823 Fresno St, Fresno, CA 93721 (no fee/no cost)

  • Your Physician
  • Your Pharmacy

 

YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO IT ALONE

  • If a person encounters someone that is suspected of overdose they should immediately call 911.
  • If someone you know uses opioids, carrying naloxone can be a life saving measure.
  • If someone you know needs help with an opioid or other type of Substance Use
  • Disorder, contact 1-800-654-3937 to access behavioral health services.

 

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