Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Phillip Seymour Hoffman...you know how this story ends. Opioid abuse is a serious problem, not only across the United States, but specifically in the Rochester area. Most adults who use heroin started with pain pills and gradually slipped into addiction.

Prescription painkillers are a strong medicine with severe side effects that can lead to dependence, abuse and fatal overdoses when used improperly or when usage is poorly managed. When possible, keep all opiates outside the house. Do not stock up with unused pills from a previous surgery or procedure. If you have them, keep them locked up and get rid of them as soon as you can in designated disposal locations.

It is crucial to be aware of the signs of when you or someone you know is abusing opioids, and how to get the necessary help for addiction. Addiction is a medical condition, not a personal flaw, with medical treatments that can cut mortality in half. There is help.

Learn more: 

Opioid Overview
Prescription Opioids and Heroin
Opioid-Related Data in New York State
 

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