RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS

Signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse:

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

OTHER SIGNS INCLUDE:

  • 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

WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR

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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Allegany County Health Department - Behavioral Health Services

Overdose Response Program

Training Statistics

• Statistics as Reported by the Allegany County Health Department •

2,000+

204

Individuals &

Law Enforcement

Trained

Naloxone Administrations Reported*

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IN Naloxone

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

More Information About Naloxone

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And Call 301.759.5050

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SPONSORED BY THE ALLEGANY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT,

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

(301) 759-5050

12501-12503 Willowbrook Road, PO Box 1745

Cumberland, Maryland 21501-1745

OUR MISSION: 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.