Opioid overdose is a growing problem and one that is traumatic for anyone that is involved. Attached are resources that can provide you with the basic educational tools to help in an emergency situation. It is important for people to help someone who is overdosing from opioids and to get them proper medical care. If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know you can start by educating yourself.
List of overdose resources:
Prevention Point Pittsburgh http://www.pppgh.org/
Prevention Point Pittsburgh services
907 West Street 5th floor Pittsburgh PA 15221
Noon - 3:00 p.m.
3441 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Project: Allegheny County Health Department http://www.achd.net/overdoseprevention/index.html
Here you can find a list of pharmacies who prescribe
naloxone, naloxone FAQ and other resources, and a list of prescription drug
A program through Allegheny General Hospital Emergency
Department, where nurses and physicians trained in drug and alcohol treatment
connect participating patients with emergency services and treatment options,
work with services to ensure medical stabilization and ensure safe transfer to
participating treatment sites.
Overdose Free PA
This is a state wide initiative, including statistics on
overdoses, education for family and friends, overdose news stories, a list of
overdose resources by county, and a state-wide interactive map of pharmacies
that prescribe naloxone.
OPIOD OVERDOSE FAQ
What is an opioid?
Opioids are drugs which are used to treat pain. Some common
opioids that you may be familiar with include heroin, oxycodone (Oxycontin),
Vicodin, codeine, Percocet, Opana, methadone, fentanyl, and Percodan.
How can you tell if
someone has overdosed?
1. Passed out.
2. Does not respond when you shake them or yell.
3. Choking, snoring, or irregular breathing, or not
breathing at all.
5. Skin color is blue, purple, or gray.
All or only some of these symptoms may be present.
What should I do if
it looks like someone has overdosed?
1. CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY - Opioid overdoses are extremely
dangerous. CALL 911 BEFORE TAKING ANY OTHER ACTION.
2. PERFORM RESCUE
3. ADMINISTER NARCAN (NALOXONE)
4. IF ON CAMPUS, CALL PUBLIC SAFETY AFTER CALLING 911.