Opioid Abuse and Prevention

 

Town of Dracut

What are Opioids? Opioids are substances that act on receptors in the brain to produce a morphine-like effect. They include various prescription   painkillers such as Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Codeine, Fentanyl and Percocet.  Illegal opioids include heroin, illegally produced fentanyl and illegally obtained prescriptions. Often various drugs are mixed together to produce different effects.

Is there a crisis? Yes.  In 2014 there were 1256 Opioid related deaths across the state affecting 75 percent of the towns and cities.  The numbers for 2015 and 2016 will be much higher. The Town of Dracut and the surrounding towns average several deaths a month due to overdoses in 2016. Worse, fentanyl is now providing a cheap and powerful Opioid for illegal use.

But what should I do?  The problem is growing but so are the resources to fight this crisis.  If you have children consider educating them.   If you use or may need pain killers understand the risks and dangers. If you have old prescriptions dispose of them ( Free Prescription Disposal Pouches Available). If you have a loved one or friend who is fighting addiction there are resources to help.  You could save a loved one by learning about Narcan.  Included is a list of valuable resources:

                                             

Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative
Serving the Communities of Dracut, Westford, Wilmington, Chelmsford, Tewksbury and Lowell
Phone: (978) 851-7373 ext. 352

Youth Services and Education        
http://middlesexpartnershipsforyouth.com/opioid
Phone: (781) 897-6808 or 8333

For family members with a loved one who is addicted
http://learn2cope.org/
Phone: (508) 245-1050

Substance   Abuse Hotline
MA Department of Public Health
http:// Helpline-online.com
Phone: (800) 327-5050

Drug Free Greater Lowell
http://drugfreegreaterlowell.org/

Facts about Narcan(Naloxone)
Narcan is readily available and easy to use
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/substance-abuse/naloxone-info.pdf

Lowell House, Inc.
http://lowellhouseinc.org/

Information presented by the Dracut Board of Health
62 Arlington St, Dracut MA
Phone (978) 453-8162