Drugs & Alcohol

The Poison Center can help in the assessment of overdoses. We are here 24/7 to take your calls.

Prescription Pain Medication 

Opioids are a class of drugs commonly used to relieve pain. Less often, they can be used to help a cough or diarrhea. Common examples are oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), hydrocodone (Norco, Lortab, Vicodin), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), morphine (MSContin), codeine (Tylenol #3), and many more.

These drugs are often prescribed after a surgery or injury to patients who may or may not have ever taken opioids before. They also are prescribed to patients who take them for long-term management of pain caused by various medical conditions. Opioids or painkillers affect certain areas of the brain that regulate breathing patterns. Combing pain medications with alcohol and other medications increases your risk of an overdose.

Symptoms of an overdose may include: 

  • Slow, shallow or absent breathing
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Snore-like gurgling or choking sounds
  • Bluish, greyish or ashen skin tones 

Naloxone is a medication used to reverse an overdose from pain medications or opioids. It is available at locations across the state and easy to give in the case of an overdose. 

For more information about overdoses, prevention and Naloxone go to TakeAsPrescribed.org 

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