National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, including accidental misuse with medication prescribed by a doctor. Help us fight prescription drug addiction. Together, we can stop an epidemic.
What are opioids?
Prescription opioids are a type of strong pain-relieving medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. Heroin, an illegal drug, is also an opioid.
Common prescription opioids
Buprenorphine, Suboxone, Subutex, Codeine Tylenol #3, Fentanyl patch, Actiq, Duragesic, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Norco, Hydromorphone, Dilaudid, Meperidine, Demerol, Methadone, Methadose, Morphine, MS Contin, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Percocet, Oxymorphone, Opana
Signs of opioid abuse & addiction
Opioids can be addictive even when only taken for a short period of time. It’s important to contact a healthcare provider for more information if you or someone you know is showing these signs:
Not being able to stop taking the opioid
Sleep pattern changes
Taking higher medication doses than prescribed
Seeking opioids from different prescribers
Appearing high or euphoric
Nodding off, even in the middle of sentences
Paraphernalia, including pipes, straws, syringes, rubber tubes, syringe caps or droppers
Poor memory or concentration
Slowed breathing and movements
Apathy, depression or lethargy
Heart & lung problems or infections