Opioid Prevention Toolkit
OPIOID & HEROIN AWARENESS TOOLKIT A Prevention Guide for Families
If You Suspect An Overdose Keeping Them Safe and Alive.
Call 911 immediately. An opioid overdose requires immediate medical attention. An essential first step is to get help from someone with medical expertise right away.
Where to Get Narcan: ● AIDs Resource Center of Wisconsin - free Narcan, clean needles & more resources 920.733.2068 or www.arcw.org ● Local Pharmacies & Providers - Narcan may be covered by your insurance or there may be a minimal copay. No prescription is required. ● Free Community Narcan trainings - contact DFC 920.906.6700 ext. 4716 or FDL County Health Department 920.929.3085. Signs of an Opioid Overdose: • Sleepiness or drowsiness • Confusion, slurred speech • Slow or shallow breathing • Pinpoint pupils • Pale, blue, or cold skin • Slow heartbeat, low blood pressure Additional Resources: www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prevention/reverse -od.html www.narcan.com/recognizing-opioid-overdoses
WHAT IS AN OPIOID OVERDOSE? Overdose is an injury to the body (poisoning) that happens when a drug is taken in excessive amounts. An overdose can be fatal or non fatal. Anyone who uses opioids can experience an overdose. Certain factors may increase risk: ● Taking high daily doses of prescription opioids or more than prescribed ● Combining opioids with alcohol or other drugs such as heroin or fentanyl, that could contain unknown or harmful substances Death from an opioid overdose happens when too much of the drug overwhelms the brain and interrupts the body’s natural drive to breathe.
NALOXONE (NARCAN) may reverse an overdose. Naloxone is a medication used to counteract the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose. It can be given via, nasal spray device (into the nose) or via intramuscular injection into the muscle of the arm, thigh or buttocks.
YOU CAN SAVE A LIFE. Narcan is now accessible in Fond du Lac County and surrounding areas. With basic training, friends and family members can recognize an overdose and give Narcan. EMTs, police and first responders are also trained to administer Narcan.
HOPE (Heroin Opioid Prevention & Education) LAWS In 2014, Governor Walker signed all seven of Rep. John Nygren’s HOPE Agenda bills into law to help prevent and fight the growing heroin and prescription drug epidemic in our state. For more information, visit www.legis.wisconsin.gov
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