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End the epidemic
End the epidemic

91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, including accidental misuse with medication prescribed by a doctor. Help us fight prescription drug addiction. Together, we can stop an epidemic.

How to recognize & reverse
an opioid overdose

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What are opioids?

Prescription opioids are a type of strong pain-relieving medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. Heroin, an illegal drug, is also an opioid.

Common prescription opioids

Buprenorphine, Suboxone, Subutex, Codeine Tylenol #3, Fentanyl patch, Actiq, Duragesic, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Norco, Hydromorphone, Dilaudid, Meperidine, Demerol, Methadone, Methadose, Morphine, MS Contin, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Percocet, Oxymorphone, Opana

Signs of opioid abuse & addiction

Opioids can be addictive even when only taken for a short period of time. It's important to contact a healthcare provider for more information if you or someone you know is showing these signs:

  • Not being able to stop taking the opioid
  • Sleep pattern changes
  • Taking higher medication doses than prescribed
  • Seeking opioids from different prescribers
  • Constricted pupils
  • Appearing high or euphoric
  • Nodding off, even in the middle of sentences
  • Paraphernalia, including pipes, straws, syringes, rubber tubes, syringe caps or droppers
  • Poor memory or concentration
  • Anxiety
  • Slowed breathing and movements
  • Mood swings
  • Apathy, depression or lethargy
  • Heart & lung problems or infections

Talk to your pharmacist

Your pharmacist is your best source of information about preparing for and recognizing an opioid overdose and can also help you:

  • Use self-care and other non-opioid pain relievers to manage pain
  • Manage the most common opioid side effects
  • Safely store your medications when not in use
  • Dispose of opioids or other medications that are no longer needed
  • Manage all medications safely and effectively