2019 Washtenaw County
Opioid Summit

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WASHTENAW OPIOID SUMMIT TAKES AIM AT THE STIGMA SURROUNDING SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER

Opioid misuse is an epidemic in our community
People are becoming addicted to and dependent on prescription medications
 
The Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project is helping Washtenaw County discover change
 
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The WHI Opioid Project is a volunteer organization that brings together people from across Washtenaw County to end the opioid misuse and overdose epidemic in our community. 

In 2014, Opioid overdoses killed twice as many people as car accidents in Washtenaw County

In fact, opioids have killed more of our community members than car accidents every year since 2012.

The Centers for Disease Control has declared that opioid overdoses have reached epidemic levels across the nation.

The WHI Opioid Project is helping Washtenaw County recover

 

WHAT ARE OPIOIDS?

 Opioids are medications that relieve pain and affect emotions. Hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), morphine (Kadian, Avinza), fentanyl, codeine, generic versions, and related drugs are all opioid medications. Heroin is also an opioid. Both prescription opioids and heroin are addictive. It is possible to overdose on either heroin or prescription opioids. 

What is opioid misuse?

Opioids are useful for managing pain when taken as directed. Opioid misuse is when you don’t take your medication as recommended. This usually means taking more of your medication than recommended or taking it for reasons other than pain management. It can also mean sharing your medication with other people.  

Some people taking opioids become addicted. As someone use more and more, their tolerance increases. This means they have to take more to get the same effect. As tolerance increases people often turn to the black market for prescription drugs or heroin. Long term misuse of opioids is very dangerous.

What are the signs and symptoms

of opioid misuse?

The following may be symptoms of an opioid misuse problem:

  • Euphoria

  • Worry or anxiety

  • Confusion

  • Poor concentration

  • Memory problems

  • Sleepiness

  • Numbness

  • Small pupils

  • Nausea, vomiting

  • Chronic constipation

  • Rashes, itching, flushed skin

  • Slurred speech

  • Trouble breathing

Opioid misuse can lead to a life threatening overdose. Trouble breathing is a sign of opioid overdose.

If someone using opioids is having difficulty breathing and is unconscious call 911 right away.

What should I do if I or someone I know is struggling with opioid misuse?

There is help for those struggling with addiction to opioids and hope for recovery.

  • Treatment services are available and are often covered by health insurance

Learn more about local treatment facilities

  • Peer support is available

Learn more about recovery resources

  • Friends and family concerned about overdose can obtain Naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug

Learn more about Naloxone

  • Properly dispose of extra medication 

Learn more about how to handle and dispose of medication

 
Need more details? Contact the Opioid Project

We are here to help people get involved in ending the opioid epidemic.

Want to find out more about treatment?

Washtenaw County's treatment facilities are can help you recover.

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