Opioid abuse and overdoses are at an all-time high across the nation, and unfortunately, overdose deaths in New Jersey are increasing faster than ever before. Most commonly, patients who experience an overdose are caught in the cycle of addiction, either to prescription opioids (like oxycodone) or illegal drugs like heroin or fentanyl. The end result is an epidemic that has affected people across the nation in all walks of life.
Opioids in the home, both legal and illegal, pose a serious poisoning hazard for young children. Many caregivers do not realize just how dangerous opioids can be to children and teens. One pill or swallow is enough to kill a small child if ingested. Storing opioids such as oxycodone, hydromorphone methadone, buprenorphine, and even street drugs like heroin far out of a toddler’s sight and reach might save their life. If a child is exposed, don’t wait to get help. Most deaths in these young victims occur after a delay in seeking medical care.
Naloxone is an opioid antidote medication designed to reverse the life threatening effects of an opioid overdose. Many pharmacies dispense naloxone without an individualized prescription, using a “standing order” from a physician or the Department of Health. You can obtain naloxone from your local pharmacy even if you are not the intended user, but a family member, friend, or care giver. Where to find naloxone in NJ?
Call us at 1-800-222-1222 right away if you are concerned about someone with opioid poisoning or overdose. If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, see “New Jersey Helplines” for available resources within the state. Help is just a phone call away.