Stop the Opidemic: How to Help

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.

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