There is an epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in the United States. According to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, one out of every 7 students has misused a prescription opioid.
Opioids are a class of substances that are used to provide pain relief and are chemically related to opium (found in poppy plants). Opioids attach to receptors in the brain and can cause pain relief, a feeling of well-being, and reward, but they can also cause life-threatening side effects such as slowed or shallow breathing, weak pulse, or low blood pressure.
Common names for opioids are oxycodone (Oxycontin®Percocet®), Hydrocodone (Vicodin®), morphine, Codeine (Tylenol® 3 and 4) Buprenorphine (Suboxone®, Subutex®), Methadone, and Fentanyl.
People at Risk for Overdose
Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties provides training to administer Naloxone or Narcan® Nasal spray, a medication designed to remove the opioids from the opioid receptors in the brain. It can temporarily reverse an overdose and restore breathing. It can save a life. Training can be offered virtually or in-person for individuals or groups. To set up your training, please call 906-786-4111.