What are Opiods?
Opiods are a class of drugs used to reduce pain. Opiod alternatives include:
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What Types of Opiods are in our Community?
These drugs can be prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain,
but can also have serious risks and side effects. Common Types are:
• Oxycodone (OxyContin)
• Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
Fentanyl is a synthetic opiod pain reliever. It is many times more powerful than
other opiods and is approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer
pain. Illegally made and distributed, fentanyl has been combined with or sold as
herion in our region.
Heroin is an illegal opiod. The same effect of prescription opiods and fetanyl
can be obtained through use of heroin.
These substances are highly addictive. With use, even with a
doctor's prescription, everyone has the potential to get addicted.
A total of 256 people in Erie County died of a fatal opiod overdose in 2015.
NARCAN is an opiate antidote. When a person is overdosing on an opiod,
breathing can slow down or stop and it can be very hard to wake them from
this state. NARCAN is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opiods
and reverses an overdose. It cannot be used to get a person high. If given to a
person who has not taken opiods, it will not have any effect on him or her.
The Erie County Department of Health conducts regular NARCAN/Naloxone
trainings that are free and open to the community, no questions asked. Find the
next upcoming training at www.erie.gov/health.
For more information on the Opiate Epidemic Task Force,
contact the Erie County Department of Health
For more information on prescription opiods
go to www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opiods
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*Information from Erie County Opiate Epidemic TASK FORCE pamphlet