Opioids are a drugs that are used to for pain. Some examples include Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Morphine, and Hydromorphone. These drugs have become more and more popular. Use has increased with over 191 million Americans using them. Some side effects:
- Upset stomach, vomiting, dry mouth
A big risk in taking these drugs is becoming addicted. More than 11.5 million Americans are addicted to these drugs. Use of these drugs can lead to what is called “overdose (OD)”. An OD is when you stop breathing. These drugs can cause you to slow or stop your breathing which can cause you to die. This can be on purpose or accidental. These are some OD symptoms to look out for:
Narcan and Naloxone can help someone with an overdose. They undo the effects of opioids. Naloxone is given by injecting the person with a needle. Narcan is given by spraying a dose into the person’s nose. These drugs can save a person’s life. Missouri allows you to get these medications. You do not need a prescription.
Call 911 immediately if you believe you or someone you know is having an OD. The sooner you notice an OD, the better. It is always important to talk with your doctor or pharmacist about the risks of taking opioids.