Opioids and Prescription Drug Use

Prescription Drug Disposal Locations in DeKalb County, Georgia

According to the CDC and SAMHSA, most teens and adults who misuse prescription pain relievers report that they got them from family and friends, including their own home’s medicine cabinets. Many of us have expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs at home....

Taking Prescription Opioids: Myths and Facts

Did you know? 35% of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.1 Every day, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.1 More than 46 people die every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids.1...

Overdoses, Naloxone and the Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 70,200 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, and over half of those involved opioids. In 2015, Georgia saw 1,307 drug overdose deaths, and 900 of them (68%) were due to opioids, including heroin,...

Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse Begins at Home

By now, you’ve probably heard the United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Opioid-related overdoses and deaths are at an all-time high, partly due to prescribing practices that have changed over recent decades. Distribution of prescription opioids have...

The Opioid Epidemic: What You Need to Know

Opioid-related overdoses and deaths are at an all-time high. In fact, drug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.1 More than 700,000 people died from drug overdoses from 1999 to 2017, and more than six out of ten overdose...

Opioids: Hippocrates, Healthcare Providers and Youth

Contributed by Veronica Mahathre, MPH Greek philosopher, Hippocrates widely known as the father of medicine, recognized the benefits of opium as a narcotic. Thousands of years later, opium has been medicalized into opiates- think hydrocodone, fentanyl, and methadone....