Reduce the Risks of Opioids

The impact of the opioid crisis has been felt across our state and in every one of our neighborhoods. Protect you and your loved ones by knowing how to take prescription opioids safely. Watch the video and explore this page to learn 4 important tips.

Follow These 4 Tips to Prevent Opioid Misuse in Your Home and in Your Life

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Always Avoid Mixing Opioids & Alcohol

Combining opioids with other depressants like alcohol or benzodiazepines (Xanax®) can multiply their effects and set off a dangerous chain reaction in your body. Even a small amount can put you at a high risk for overdose.

Learn the Risks of Mixing Two Depressants

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Limit Your Use to Prevent Health Risks

Even though they’re prescribed, opioids are powerful and addictive medications intended for strong, short-term pain, such as post-surgical pain. Take as directed by your prescribing physician and stop taking once your pain level is manageable—never self-prescribe to deal with ongoing pain. If your pain returns, see a doctor because it means you haven’t healed properly.

Find Out How Long You Should Take Opioids

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Don’t Share Your Pills or Prescription

Your prescription and dosage are determined by several personal factors and are based on your unique medical needs. Everyone reacts differently, so what is safe for you may put others at a high risk for overdose. If someone thinks they need prescription opioids, they should consult a doctor first.

Sharing Your Pills Is Dangerous

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Store Safely & Dispose Promptly

Limit access to others and discourage misuse by storing your pills in a safe location. Once you no longer need your prescription, dispose of any leftover pills at a local Drug Drop Box to prevent non-medical use.

Find Out Where to Put Your Prescription

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Are the Prescriptions or Pills You’re Taking an Opioid?

Opioids go by many names, but all of them come with risks. Make sure you truly understand what all of the fine print instructions are telling you.

Keep Exploring to Learn More About Opioids

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Opioids affect your brain and body on a chemical level. Get the facts about how they work and why you need to be careful while taking them.

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Opioid dependence can develop in just a few days. Learn how to spot the early signs of an opioid use disorder and prevent more serious side effects.

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If you’re concerned about yourself or someone else using opioids, we can help. Find local support services, peer counseling, and 24/7 crisis intervention options here.