What Is An Opioid?
Know The Signs Of
How To Properly
Dispose Of Medication
Safe and Secure
State & Local Statistics
Prescribe Change Allegany County’s mission is to create awareness and educate the citizens of Allegany County, Maryland about the growing crisis of opioid prescription drugs, and heroin misuse and abuse in our community.
WHAT IS AN OPIOID?
An opioid (sometimes called opiate) drug is a prescription drug that is used to relieve pain. They are derived from the poppy plant and are prescribed under the more commonly known names of codeine, morphine, hydrocodone and oxycodone, as well as others.
Many do not realize that the same ingredient used to make these prescription medications is chemically altered into the illegal drug heroin.
Often times, heroin addiction starts by taking opioid prescription medications. A person can easily become addicted to one of these painkillers in just one prescription. The body builds a tolerance to the medication, requiring the individual to take more and more of it to experience the same level of relief. Over time, the person is taking more than prescribed and becomes dependent on the medication in a different way. They no longer need it to feel better, but to avoid feeling sick from the addiction.
If a person becomes addicted to a prescription opioid and can no longer obtain prescriptions legally, they may turn to heroin as a replacement.
Sadly, an injury, accident, or surgery, where a prescription opioid is used for pain management, can lead to a lifelong illness and addiction if not carefully managed.
For more information on opioid addiction, visit www.drugabuse.gov.
Desomorphine, known by the street name krokodil, is an opioid by-product of codeine mixed with other toxic chemicals, and is very similar to heroin. This drug is 8- 10 times more potent than morphine. Like heroin and other opioids, it has a sedative effect, is highly addictive, and dangerous. Withdrawal from krokodil is much worse than heroin and could last for a month.
Krokodil gets its name from the fact that the acidic drug causes an addict’s skin to become green, scaly and bumpy like a crocodile’s. If the drug misses a vein and is injected into flesh, that flesh will develop abscesses. It is common for addicts to develop gangrene and require amputations. The flesh on some body parts affected by krokodil injections will rot off completely, leaving bare bone.
FENTANYL & CARFENTANIL
Fentanyl is manufactured legally as a prescription pain medication often used for cancer patients and is administered by means of injection, patch, lozenges or lollipops. This drug is an opioid that is 50-100 times more potent than morphine, and 50 times more potent than heroin.
Fentanyl is also illegally produced and sold in the following forms: as a powder; spiked on blotter paper; mixed with or substituted for heroin; or as tablets that mimic other less potent opioids. The potency greatly increases the risk of overdose, especially if a person who uses drugs is unaware that a powder or pill contains Fentanyl.
High doses of opioids, especially potent opioids such as Fentanyl, can cause breathing to stop completely, which can lead to death.
Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid and is so powerful that it's used to sedate large animals such as elephants and rhinos. It is so strong that just a few granules the size of table salt can be lethal. The Drug Enforcement Agency says it’s 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times deadlier than Fentanyl.
Fentanyl & Carfentanil is being laced in heroin, marijuana and cocaine, and is being pressed into illegally manufactured pills.
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IN THE COMMUNITY
Listen and watch for our information about the prescription drug and heroin crisis in Allegany County on our billboards, radio ads, in the newspaper and at the movies. Contact us for more information at 301.759.5050. Look for our Prescribe Change Allegany County ambassadors at the following events:
Community Naloxone Training
September 18th & October 23rd @ 4:30pm
- To become trained in Naloxone -
Must register in advance. Call 301-759-5050 for details.
Monday, September 4th @ 9:00 a.m.
C. Eugene Mason Sports Complex in Cumberland, MD
100% of Race Entry Fees will go to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #90 to Support Drug Prevention, Awareness, and Recovery Programs .
The start will be at the C. Eugene Mason Sports Complex in south Cumberland, and the course will travel along the C&O Canal Towpath prior to returning to the finish at the C. Eugene Mason Sports Complex.
4 Mile Run; 1 Mile Fun Walk
Race/Walk will start at 9:00 a.m. – Packet pick-up and day of registration will be from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.at the C. Eugene Mason Sports Complex. Registration will close promptly at 8:45 a.m. No registrations will be taken or packets picked-up after 8:45 a.m.
Only runners and walkers who are pre-registered by Monday, August 28th will be guaranteed a race t-shirt. All runners and walkers are invited to enjoy post-race refreshments. **All participants are encouraged to sport their school spirit by wearing their school colors.
Awards for top male and female masters and to the top three finishing runners in the following age groups in run: 9 and Under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over
*$10 K-12 Students pre-registered by August 28th; $15 K-12 Students after August 29th through race day. *$15 for General Public pre-registered by August 29th; $20.00 for General Public after August 29th through race day
Write checks payable to FOP Lodge #90. Mail Check and Race Registrations to: FOP Lodge #90 P.O. Box 111 Cumberland, Maryland 21501-0111
Download Naloxone Training Application
Download Race Registration Form
Download Sponsorship Form
RECOVERY & WELLNESS WALK
Wednesday, September 20
From 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
Allegany College of Maryland (on the track)
This is a free event: Registration begins at 12:30pm followed by a welcome proclamation, guest speakers, the recovery and wellness walk, light refreshments and door prizes. Wear your sneakers – if you walk the entire 8 laps, you will be registered in the grand prize drawing. There will be many other great giveaways for walkers and non-walkers. COME HELP US CELEBRATE THIS EXCITING EVENT!
EVERY PERSON IMPACTED BY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ISSUES HAS A REASON TO
CELEBRATE THEIR STORY AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
SPONSORED BY THE ALLEGANY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT,
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES
Prescribe Change Allegany County
Allegany County Health Department
12501-12503 Willowbrook Road
PO Box 1745
Cumberland, Maryland 21501-1745