Fentanyl Awareness and Preventing Overdoses
Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic
Did you know that opioid overdoses are the main cause of accidental death for adults ages 18-45 in the United States, and that the rate of deaths among teens nearly doubled in the last few years? Opioid use impacts all communities and ethnicities, with teens being especially vulnerable and the least informed.
Anyone can be at risk of an addiction or overdose, so Chapa-De believes in using a harm reduction approach to treat opioid use disorder and prevent opioid deaths. Through education and advocacy we can reduce overdose deaths and address substance disorders with dignity.
Fentanyl and Naloxone (Narcan)
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid. It is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is sometimes prescribed by a doctor to treat severe pain, but oftentimes, fentanyl is made illegally or added to other drugs.
Naloxone (Narcan) is a life-saving medication that can reverse an overdose from fentanyl and other opioids. Narcan is easy to use and small to carry.Usually it comes in the form of a prefilled nasal spray. You do not need medical training to carry or use Narcan.
To learn more about fentanyl, click HERE.
Find out more about naloxone HERE.
Naloxone can Save Lives
We encourage you to have Naloxone (Narcan) on hand for yourself or others. When you carry Naloxone you are prepared to help in the case of an overdose emergency, and you are able to quickly act to save a life. Giving a person Naloxone will not harm them, and can keep them breathing until help arrives.
Substance Use Disorder Treatment at Chapa-De
Chapa-De’s Substance Use Disorder team includes doctors, addiction nurses and behavioral health specialists. They are specially trained and dedicated to supporting our patients in their recovery from opioid use.
The Medication Assisted Treatment Program (MAT) at Chapa-De offers a three-phased approach, which include
- Medication to suppress cravings and alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal (we use buprenorphine/naloxone, also known as suboxone)
- Behavioral Health Assessment and Care
- Nurse Case Management and Weekly Stabilization Group Visits
We know that substance use disorder is a chronic, progressive, and relapsing disease, but it can also be treated. You will find non-judgmental and compassionate care at our health centers.
Learn more about our Substance Use Disorder Services HERE.
For more information about Chapa-De, call our Auburn location at (530) 887-2800 or our Grass Valley location at (530) 477-8545 or visit us online at chapa-de.org.
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Chapa-De provides medical care, dental care, optometry, behavioral health, pharmacy services and much more.
Serving all American Indian, Low Income and Limited Income Community Members