Medication Safety Program
Very often unused prescription medications find their way into the wrong hands. Prevent substance misuse before it starts by practicing safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal. This medication safety project is funded by a SAMHSA grant T108178 and created in collaboration with the WNY Prevention Resource Center and the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports, OASAS.
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Know the Facts About Opioids
41 PEOPLE EVERYDAY
Every day in the US, 41 people lose their lives to prescription opioid overdose. Prescription opioids—like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine—can be prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain but can have serious risks and side effects.
ANYONE CAN BECOME ADDICTED
Opioids are highly addictive. Research shows that if you use opioids regularly, you may become dependent on them. That’s because opioids change how the brain and nervous system function. You can’t know how your brain will react to opioids before taking them.
OPIOIDS CAN BE ADDICTIVE AND DANGEROUS
Risks include misuse, addiction, and overdose.
OPIOIDS AFFECT THE PART OF THE BRAIN THAT CONTROLS BREATHING
If you take too high a dose, it can slow your breathing and cause death.
COMBINING OPIOIDS WITH ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS
Like sleeping pills or cough medication -- INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF DEATH