When not used as prescribed, prescription drugs can be as dangerous as illegal drugs. Opioids suppress one’s ability to breathe, which can lead to loss of consciousness, coma, and ultimately death. And this does not happen right away. It usually occurs 1-3 hours after ingesting.
- Hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin, Lorcet, Tussionex)
- Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, Tylox)
- Morphine (Kadian, Avinza, Oramorph, Dolphine)
- Codeine (Tylenol w/Codeine, Phenaphen w/ Codeine)
- Tramadol, Ultram
- Suboxone (Talwin, Buprenorphine)
Know the Signs of an Opioid Overdose
- Labored, shallow or difficulty breathing
- Lips, fingers or face begin to turn blue
- Pale, clammy skin
- Limp body
- Pinpoint pupils
- Cannot wake
- Slow or no pulse
- Death Rattle – very distinct, labored exhale that may sound like snoring.
This indicates emergency resuscitation is needed IMMEDIATELY!
If you believe someone has overdosed, CALL 911 and tell the dispatcher the symptoms.
Stay on the line until help arrives. If the person isn’t breathing, administer rescue breathing (mouth-to-mouth) by pinching the nose and blowing into the mouth.
Opioids and Heroin Awareness Fact Sheet
Opioids and Heroin are EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!
Prescription opioids are very addictive, even if taken as prescribed by a medical doctor.
They are almost the same chemical as heroin.
Opioids and Heroin Fact Sheet
If you or someone someone you know
is struggling with addiction,
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Call 211 for info and treatment options,
TREATMENT DOES WORK!
The Good Samaritan Law
(Ch. 375–SB 654)
The “Good Samaritan Law” was amended October 1, 2015. “The law expands protections for individuals who seek medical assistance after witnessing or experiencing an overdose. A person who, in good faith, seeks, provides, or assists with the provision of medical assistance after an overdose is immune from arrest, charge, or prosecution for six non-violent alcohol or drug crimes.”
“Violations covered by this law are possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia or controlled paraphernalia, underage possession of alcohol, and furnishing or obtaining alcohol for underage persons.”
Carroll County Health Department
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Toll Free: 800-966-3877
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