Opioid Painkillers

RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS

Signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse:

  • Stealing, forging or selling prescriptions

  • Taking higher doses than prescribed

  • Excessive mood swings or hostility

  • Increase or decrease in sleep

  • Poor decision making
  • Appearing to be high, unusually energetic or revved up, or sedated

  • Continually "losing" prescriptions, so more prescriptions must be written

  • Seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor

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WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR

OTHER SIGNS INCLUDE:

Talk to your doctor if you think you may have a problem with prescription drug use. You may feel embarrassed to talk to your doctor about it — but remember that medical professionals are trained to help you, not judge you. Identifying prescription drug abuse as soon as possible is important. It's easier to tackle the problem early before it becomes an addiction and leads to more serious problems.

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  • Depression
  • Low blood pressure
  • Decreased breathing rate
  • Confusion
  • Sweating
  • Poor coordination

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Allegany County Health Department - Behavioral Health Services

Overdose Response Program

Training Statistics

• Statistics as Reported by the Allegany County Health Department •

1342

167

131

Individuals Trained

Law Enforcement Officers Trained

Naloxone Administrations Reported*

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Attend Opioid Overdose Response Training

 

Naloxone, also known as Narcan ®, when administered to a person overdosing from an opioid medication or drug, can reverse the overdose immediately by quickly restoring breathing and consciousness.  If someone you know may be at risk for overdosing on prescription pain medication or heroin, you can obtain a prescription for this lifesaving drug medication and learn how to administer it.

 

Training participants learn about opioids, how to recognize, respond to and prevent an opioid overdose and how to administer naloxone to reverse an overdose.  After completing the training, participants receive a completion certificate, a prescription for naloxone and an overdose prevention kit.

 

The training and overdose prevention kit are FREE to participants

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Allegany County Health Department

12501-12503 Willowbrook Road

PO Box 1745

Cumberland, Maryland 21501-1745

(301) 759-5050