Decline in opioid fatalities
Opioids have presented Maryland with a dire and unprecedented crisis – a crisis that stole the lives of more than 2,000 citizens in both 2017 and 2018. The effects of opioids on our state have been far reaching, and no jurisdiction or citizen has been spared from their wrath. We are thankful that 2019 brought Maryland the first six-month decline in opioid fatalities in over a decade. However, we must bear in mind that fatalities are still running near all-time highs.
WHO IS AT RISK OF OVERDOSE?
Those at risk for
Unintentional Overdose are:
Those most at risk for
People with drug addiction issues usually don’t mean to overdose. If individuals start using substances again at the same level they were prior to a period of not using substances, i.e., treatment or incarceration, they may easily overdose because their tolerance level has been lowered.
How to Recognize an Overdose
Depending on what drug was used, overdose symptoms can be different. Overdose symptoms can also mimic many other conditions. Some common signs of an opioid overdose:
Loud snoring or gurgling noises
Body very limp
Skin pale/gray, clammy
Lips/fingertips turn blue(ish)
Pulse slow or erratic
Breathing very slow, shallow, or not at all
Responding to an
Step 1: Rouse and stimulate
Step 2: Call 911
Step 3: Give Naloxone (if you have a prescription)
Step 4: Rescue breathing
Step 5: Care for the individual until help arrives
HOW NOT TO RESPOND TO AN OPIOID OVERDOSE
Use ice to cool down body
Put person in bath/shower
Hit/slap or burn fingers/feet
Give drink/induce vomiting
Inject person with cocaine,
salt water, milk, epinephrine
Slowed heart rate, arrhythmia
Bruising, broken bones,
Choking to death
High blood pressure, infection
BECOME TRAINED 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 & Training
SPONSORED BY THE ALLEGANY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT,
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES
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.