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A majority of U.S. opioid painkiller users are at risk of addiction, and they don't even know it.
In analyzing the
results of a public opinion poll, several conclusions jump off the page:
A suburban Chicago mother who lost her son to an overdose is doing everything she can to increase public awareness of the risks associated with using
opioids like codeine, Vicodin, Demerol, methadone, morphine and oxycodone.
Felicia Miceli's 24-year-old son, Louie, died in August 2012. The problem started when he was injured playing high school football and was
Today, Felicia speaks on the dangers of prescription drug abuse at events like International Overdose Awareness Day.
Learn more about
Louis Miceli and his
mother's efforts to stop this epidemic.
Mixing alcohol and other drugs with opioid painkillers can intensify the effects:
More than half of people who misuse opioid pain relievers get them from a friend or family member. Instead of letting your leftover medication fall into the wrong hands:
To keep fewer pills out of circulation to begin with, you can
request an Opioid Warn-Me label from NSC. A Warn-Me Label on an insurance card or prescription card is a sign to doctors and pharmacists that you want answers to the following questions:
Warn children that taking a drug that wasn't prescribed to them is just as dangerous as illegal drugs:
In select, individual cases, opioids may be one part of an effective pain management plan. Even then, patients should be monitored closely and opioids should be used at the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time.
Treat over-the-counter and prescription drugs with caution:
If you suspect someone may have overdosed, call 911 and
be prepared to start CPR. If you have naloxone (the opiate antidote) administer it immediately.
Opioid users come face to face with those who have lost loved ones to overdose in this powerful short film.
Warn-me labels for insurance cards let medical professionals know you want to talk about opioids, their risks and alternatives.
Meet survivors and find resources to mobilize your community in this free NSC Prescription Drug Community Action Kit.
Before taking opioid painkillers, ask your doctor if another option is better for you.