Fighting Back Against California's Opioid Crisis
Every day more than 100 lives are lost because of opioids abuse. The California number of deaths is staggeringly high. In 2016, there were almost 2,000 overdoses deaths due to opioids alone and nearly 4,000 emergency room visits due to opioid overdoses. more alarmingly, there were 23 million opioid prescriptions in California in 2016, a state which has roughly 40 million residents.
From Humboldt to San Diego, thousands of Californians lose the battle to highly potent drugs, like fentanyl, every year.
Education is important to understanding those at risk for prescription addiction.
Speak with your friends and families about opioid addiction and always consult a medical doctor before using any.
Remember, prescription opioids can be addictive and dangerous.
it only takes a little, to lose a lot.
Opioids such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Morphine can be highly addictive if not taken as prescribed or are misused. With addiction comes difficulty maintaining relationships, employment, or in the worst-case scenario overdose and death.
If you are struggling with pain, evaluate alternatives to opioids with your doctor such as ibuprofen, exercise, or physical therapy.
If you are prescribed opioids, find out how long you will need to take them and when to stop. Always ensure that you are taking the amount prescribed and to let your doctor know what other medications you are taking as combining them can be dangerous.
Communicate all of your concerns with your doctor.
Signals that someone may have overdosed:
- Small, constricted pupils
- Falling asleep or loss of consciousness
- Slow, shallow breathing
- Choking or gurgling sounds
- Limp body
- Pale, blue or cold skin
If you suspect someone may be experiencing an overdose:
- Call 911 immediately
- Administer naloxone if available.
- Try to keep the person awake and breathing.
- Lay the person on their side to prevent choking
- Stay with the person until emergency workers arrive.