Opioid-Related Policies in Utah

Good Samaritan Law (House Bill 11) This law enables bystanders to report an overdose without fear of criminal prosecution for illegal possession of a controlled substance or illicit drug. Naloxone Law (House Bill 119) This law permits physicians to prescribe naloxone to third parties (someone who is usually a caregiver or a potential bystander to a person at risk for an overdose) and permits individuals … Continue reading Opioid-Related Policies in Utah

Opioid Safety

Guidelines to Help Protect You and Your Family 1. Talk With Your Doctor Opioids are often prescribed after surgery to help relieve pain. If you have been prescribed an opioid, talk with your doctor about the risks and if possible, discuss alternatives to opioids. There are other ways to treat pain that are often more effective and have fewer risks and side effects. See UseOnlyAsDirected.org … Continue reading Opioid Safety

Choose Compassion, Break Down Stigma

People with medical conditions need a supportive network to help them recover. Substance use disorder is just as much a valid condition as someone who is recovering from cancer. Any chronic medical condition requires support from a recovery community. Unfortunately, not all health conditions receive the same level of support. People with a substance use disorder can experience social isolation, stigma, and shaming, all of … Continue reading Choose Compassion, Break Down Stigma

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist – a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.  Naloxone has been nicknamed the “Lazarus Drug” because it can bring an individual who is no longer breathing, “back from the dead.”  However, naloxone only works on an OPIOID overdose. It will not work on any other substance or overdose.  How does it work? Opioids bind to receptors in … Continue reading What is Naloxone?

What is an opioid overdose?

What is an overdose? An overdose is a toxic amount of a substance, that overwhelms the body.  An overdose can happen with one substance, or a combination of substances in the body.  Some overdoses can be life threatening or fatal.  Let’s talk about opioid overdose. What is an opioid? An opioid is a type of drug that comes either from the opium poppy plant or … Continue reading What is an opioid overdose?

Safe Drug Disposal

Be part of the solution! 75% of Utahns currently addicted to opioids get them from a friend or family member. Properly disposing of unused opioid medication prevents the risk of addiction, misuse, and accidental overdoses. American Fork Intermountain Pharmacy 98 North 1100 East, #101 American Fork, UT 84003(801) 492-2599 American Fork Police Dept 75 East 80 North, Suite 101 American Fork, UT 84003 (801) 492-2599 … Continue reading Safe Drug Disposal

The Opioid Overdose Crisis

Opioid Overdoses When prescribed and used properly, opioids are an important and commonly used component to help control and manage moderate to severe pain. They are used in hospitals and are sometimes prescribed by doctors. Common opioids include Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Morphine, Fentanyl, Buprenorphine and Methadone. There are also illegal opioids, such as Heroin. Opioids work by stimulating opioid receptors in the brain which reduce pain. … Continue reading The Opioid Overdose Crisis

Opioides: verlos claramente

¿Quién toma tus pastillas? A veces los doctores no explican bien qué hacer con los opioides (las pastillas contra el dolor) que recetan. A veces es difícil saber qué hacer cuando ya no hay dolor. ¿Debes terminar la botella entera o solo botarla? Bueno, ¡la verdad es que no debes hacer nada de eso! Aunque puede ser difícil deshacerte de tus pastillas, que quizás necesites … Continue reading Opioides: verlos claramente

Opioid Crisis: You’re One Tough Momma

Billboards and advertisements about the opioid crisis in Utah surround us as we drive down the freeway, listen to the radio, watch TV, or browse the internet. You may have asked yourself, what is this epidemic that we keep hearing about? What can I do to help? Can this really affect me or people that I love? Here is a brief overview of the opioid … Continue reading Opioid Crisis: You’re One Tough Momma