While many people benefit from using opioid medication to manage pain, a lack of information and improper handling of the medication can result in addiction. SafeRx Lake County believes that preventing people from becoming addicted to opioids and other substances is key in reversing the opioid epidemic. Below are information, resources, events, and projects related to the prevention of drug addiction:
- Lake County Behavioral Health, SafeRx’s partners in prevention.
- How to talk to your children about drugs
- Safe storage of medication
- Prevention-focused events
- Prevention in the school
- Safe disposal of medication
- Alternative pain management
- Any person who takes opioid medication is at risk for addiction. Some who experience pain might choose to instead pursue alternative pain management.
- While many people benefit from using opioid medications to manage pain, a lack of education along with improper handling can lead to addiction, since opioids not only reduce the perception of pain but also produce euphoria. Furthermore, as people use opioids repeatedly, their tolerance increases and they may not be able to maintain the source for the drugs. This can cause opioid patients to turn to the black market for these drugs and even switch from prescription drugs to cheaper and more risky substitutes like heroin.