PRESCRIPTION DRUG MISUSE
COMMONLY ABUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Opioid Pain Relievers (e.g. OxyContin, Vicodin)
Depressants (e.g. Xanax, Valium)
Stimulants (e.g. Adderall, Ritalin)
WHAT ARE OPIOIDS?
Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin as well as powerful pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and many others. Regular use—even as prescribed by a doctor—can produce dependence, and when misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to a fatal overdose.
Long-term use of prescription opioids, even when used as prescribed, can cause some people to develop a tolerance, which means a person needs a higher dose and/or a more frequent dose of the drug to get the same effect.
WARNING SIGNS OF OPIOID ADDICTION
The strong desire to use opioids
The inability to control or reduce use of opioids
Development of a tolerance
Showing signs of withdrawal after stopping or reducing use
Difficulty meeting social and/or work commitments
Experiencing legal problems due to substance use
Spending large amounts of time accessing opioids
PREVENT PRESCRIPTION DRUG MISUSE!
Many teens believe prescription drugs are a safe way to get high.
You can help keep them safe.
SECURE YOUR MEDICATIONS
Know what medications you have in your home and how many pills are in the bottles. It is best to keep your medications in a secure lock box.
PREVENT AN OVERDOSE
If you suspect an overdose, CALL 911 immediately and administer Narcan if available!
An overdose can happen to anyone! Opioids are depressants, which slow a person's breathing rate and can prevent the heart and other essential organs from getting enough oxygen to function. An overdose can result in a coma or death.
If caught quickly, an overdose can be reversed with naloxone (Narcan).
Did you know ... the Good Samaritan Law in the state of Connecticut protect people who call 911 seeking emergency medical services for an overdose from arrest for possession of drugs/paraphernalia. Learn more.
Find information on prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery.
Also get tips on safe prescription medication storage and disposal, information of statewide initiatives and campaigns, strategies for overdose prevention, and access to treatment and recovery supports.
The self-stick labels fit on insurance and RX cards without covering up important information. The card lists questions to ask of doctors, dentists and pharmacists.