Preventing Opioid Abuse: Pharmacy Community Connect Day
Over 200 Pharmacy students will be at 35 community pharmacy sites in Washtenaw County on August 28, educating the public on safe opioid use, storage, and disposal. Students will also be educating the public on recognizing opioid abuse, resources for help, and the opioid overdose reversal aid Naloxone. Students will be in CVS, Kroger, Rite Aid, and Walgreens pharmacies in the U-M campus community.
Prescription opioid abuse is a serious and growing problem. While there are many legitimate uses for these drugs, abuse is a significant risk. We set up this page to help you learn more about the use and abuse of prescription opioids. Call 1-800-662-HELP for information or concerns. Download the brochure.
Opioids are a class of drugs used for powerful pain relief.
- Some well-known opioid medications include Vicodin®, OxyContin®, Percocet®, Norco®, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and heroin.
While we hear a great deal about opioid abuse, there are many legitimate uses, including:
- Pain from dental procedures, like wisdom teeth removal
- Cancer and chronic pain
- Pain from sports-related injuries, other physical injuries, or surgery
Not everyone taking an opioid becomes addicted, but dependence and tolerance may occur.
- Tolerance - reduced effect of the medication due to extended exposure, higher doses are needed to get the same effect
- Dependence - withdrawal symptoms occur when the medication is reduced or stopped
- Addiction - compulsive use or continued use despite harm, craving, impaired self-control
Just because you take your pain medication every day does not mean you are addicted.