Preparing and Giving Naloxone

Watch this video to learn how to treat someone with an overdose with Naloxone.

continuing education

View educational video resources for health care professionals and community members. Continuing education credit is available.

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Test your knowledge of different opioids and things to know about them in order to use the best prevention methods.

resources & documents

If you or someone close to you is dealing with substance abuse, here are some resources you can use to learn more on how to deal with these issues.

healthcare professionals: taking steps to avoid crisis

Healthcare professionals can use these documents to become more knowledgable on working with patients dealing with substance abuse.

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In Alabama, 16.4 per 1000 members were diagnosed with opioid use disorder in 2016, double that of 8.3 nationally. Learn more about the opioid epidemic to help better find a solution to this ongoing problem.

Opioid Overdose Deaths 

In 2017, there were a total of 836 opioid overdose deaths. The number of all drug-related overdose deaths is higher among 15-54-year-old males. In these age groups, twice as many males died from opioid-related overdose than females.

Prescription Opioids and Heroin 

Nationally, an estimated 4 to 6% of patients who misuse prescription opioids transition to heroin. Approximately 80% of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids.

Alabamians on MEDICARE

In 2018, Alabama had the highest proportion of beneficiaries receiving opioids through MEDICARE part D. An estimated 354,000 Alabama MEDICARE beneficiaries received high amounts of opioids in 2018, with 49,000 of them at serious risk for opioid misuse or overdose; this was fewer than the 2 previous years.

of people prescribed opioids misuse them

develop an opioid abuse disorder

transition to heroin

of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioid

In 2017, Alabama prescribers wrote 107.2 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons (Figure 1). This represents the highest prescribing rate in the country.

Figure 1: The US and Alabama prescribing rate per 100 persons.

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Training the Trainer: Naloxone

Check out the University of Texas at Austin’s Operation Naloxone video on preparing and administering all forms of naloxone.
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Risk Mitigation Strategies

Check out the Harm Reduction Coalition’s resources on risk mitigation strategies like syringe access programs.
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Collaboration & Communication

Check out the Courage for All videos and tools for families and healthcare providers to work together to help people struggling with opioid use disorder.

Articles on Substance Abuse

Read more about what is going on around the country to deal with this opioid epidemic from new devices that are being created to help prevent addiction from happening in the first place to what are government is doing to put policies in place.

Are you or a loved one struggling with opioid addiction or dependency?

Opioid abuse has been attributed to heroin use in the future as well as HIV diagnoses. During pregnancy, opioid use can cause neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NAWS). There were 42,249 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2016 throughout the country. Don’t wait until it is too late. For more information, here are webinars on ways to deal with addiction.

Recognize the symptoms

Addiction can happen to anyone; don’t make assumptions if the signs are obvious.

Address the Problem

Talking about a problem can bring it to light and open dialog for solutions.

Seek Out Help

Find a local program to help you or your loved one on their road to rehabilitation.