What drugs are opioids?
Heroin, Fentanyl, Carfentanil, Oxycodone, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Methadone, Demerol, Percocet, Vicodin
Is misusing prescription opioids different than using heroin?
NO! Misused prescription opioids are simply “heroin in pill form” and come with many of the same risks.
It’s never a good idea to misuse opioids. Overdose and death is a very real risk.
But… if you do misuse opioids, staying alive may depend on your knowledge of these overdose risk factors.
- When your body isn’t used to opioids, misusing opioids is very risky.
- You can have low tolerance if you rarely use or have never used opioids.
- You can also have low tolerance if you try to quit opioids and relapse.
- Mixing other drugs with opioids is dangerous.
- Mixing these drugs with opioids is especially likely to cause an overdose.
- Alcohol “Benzos” (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin)
- Fentanyl is a white powder or pill that is often sold as heroin or other prescription opioids.
- Fentanyl is 50-100 times stronger than heroin.
- It’s almost impossible to tell the difference between Fentanyl and other opioids.
- If you unknowingly take Fentanyl, what you consider a normal dose will likely cause an overdose.
- Using alone is extremely risky.
- It can be hard to admit your use to others for many reasons. But if possible…
- It is important to try to put together a support system of people who know you use and who you can rely on for support or in the case of an emergency.
Opioid Overdose: Steps to save a life.
Step 1: Look for Symptoms.
- Blue lips or skin
- Gasping sounds
- Little or no breathing
- Unresponsive to yelling or touch
Step 2: If there are symptoms, CALL 911!
Step 3: Provide CPR
- While you wait for the ambulance, you can help get oxygen to the person’s brain with CPR.
Step 4: If it’s avaiable, use Naloxone.
- Naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose.
- You can get it from a doctor or pharmacist.
Step 5: Wait for help.
- Emergency medical care is always necessary.
(even if you use naloxone)