With the opioid epidemic claiming thousands of lives every year, many are asking one simple question: “How can I help?” While it is easy to feel helpless in battling this problem, there are several steps that you can take to help prevent opioid-related overdoses. In fact, here are some relatively simple steps that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking:
- Educate Yourself. One of the keys to preventing opioid overdose is to simply learn more about prescription opioids so you can help those who are at risk for opioid use disorder and overdose.
- Be Responsible. If you are prescribed opioids, work closely with your doctor to ensure you are following the safest and most effective pain management method possible.
- Find Treatment. If you know someone who is struggling with opioid addiction, help them find the right care and treatment facilities available to them. At Advanced Spine and Rehab, we take a holistic approach that involves utilizing Suboxone to help with the treatment program.
- Increase Awareness. Despite the shocking number of deaths related to opioids, many are still largely unaware of the risks and dangers associated with prescription opioids. Help to spread awareness so others will use prescription opioids responsibly.
- Recognize the Signs. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose is essential to preventing an overdose death. Contact 911 immediately if you suspect someone is overdosing and stay with the person until help arrives.
To learn more or to get help for someone who is struggling with opioid addiction, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab today.