Opioids

In 2020, nearly 92,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Of those deaths, nearly 75% involved a prescription or illicit opioid. Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States.

Signs of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD):
• Inability to control opioid use
• Uncontrollable cravings
• Drowsiness
• Changes in sleep habits
• Weight loss
• Swings in mood
• Frequent flu-like symptoms
• Decreased libido
• Lack of hygiene
• Changes in exercise habits
• Isolation from family or friends
• Stealing from family, friends or businesses
• New financial difficulties

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Signs of Opioid Overdose:

• Shallow breathing
• Falling asleep or loss of consciousness
• Small “pinpoint pupils”
• Choking or gurgling sounds
• Limp body
• Pale, blue or cold skin

For more information on opioid overdoses, visit the Georgia Dept. of Public Health at https://dph.georgia.gov/EmergencyHelpforOpioidOverdoses.

What to Do If You Suspect an Overdose:

1. Call 911 immediately
2. Administer naloxone, if available
3. Try to keep the person awake and breathing
4. Lay the person on their side to prevent choking
5. Stay with him or her until emergency assistance arrives

Naloxone
In nearly 40% of overdose deaths, someone else was present. Having naloxone available allows bystanders to help a fatal overdose and save lives.

Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty and Expanded Naloxone Access Law protects you!

The Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty and Expanded Naloxone Access Law protects you when you call 911 for help at an alcohol or drug overdose scene. This law states that the caller and the victim cannot be arrested, charged or prosecuted, when you call 911 for medical assistance at the scene of a suspected overdose, if law enforcement finds personal use amounts of drug paraphernalia. Anyone in Georgia who knows a person at risk of opioid overdose can legally obtain and administer naloxone to a person believed to be suffering an opioid overdose. Naloxone is available at Georgia pharmacies without a prescription. (It will be behind the pharmacy counter).

For more information, visit www.georgiaoverdoseprevention.org.

 

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