OPIDEMIC.ORG'S LIST OF 6 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP STOP THE OPIDEMIC
1. STEER CLEAR OF OPIOIDS
According to the CDC, there are safer approaches that may be more effective for pain management. Ask your doctor about the alternatives.
2. AVOID TAKING MORE
Opioids aren’t like antibiotics. You do not need to finish your prescription. As soon as you don’t need them, stop, or you could be at risk of dependency, addiction, or overdose.
3. NEVER SHARE PAINKILLERS
By sharing your prescription, you may think you are helping, but you could be leading someone down a dangerous path. Besides, sharing prescriptions is illegal.
4. GET RID OF UNUSED MEDS
Don’t keep leftover pills you don’t need. Dispose of them properly at a secure drop box location in your area. Find one near you at useonlyasdirected.org.
5. REACH OUT
Addiction is a disease that needs treatment. Talk to your kids about the dangers. Talk to friends who may be struggling. Talk to a loved one if YOU need help.
6. CARRY NALOXONE
If you or someone you know is taking opioids, their life is at risk. Keep naloxone close and know the signs of an overdose.