Prevent Overdose

The best ways to prevent opioid overdose deaths are to improve opioid prescribing, reduce exposure to opioids, prevent misuse, and treat opioid use disorder.

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Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a Schedule II prescription drug, and it is typically used to treat patients with severe pain or to manage pain after surgery. It is also sometimes used to treat patients with chronic pain who are physically tolerant to other opioids.

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Harm Reduction Centers (HRCs), also known as Syringe Access Programs, are community-based programs that provide a safe and welcoming space for people who use drugs to access sterile syringes, needles, injection equipment and life-saving drug naloxone, along with education on safer use, overdose prevention and safe disposal of used equipment.

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This training video is for those who want to assist others experiencing an opioid overdose by providing emergency assistance to them and by giving them intranasal naloxone, the overdose antidote.

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