Opioid Misuse Prevention
Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic
Opioid Misuse Prevention Day is recognized on August 30th each year. It is a chance to discuss the reality of opioid misuse and share how Chapa-De can help. Opioid misuse is not new. There was a sharp increase in drug overdose deaths last year. Reports by the CDC show that there were about 93,000 drug overdose deaths in 2020. In 2019, there were about 72,000 drug overdose deaths. This rise is alarming. Chapa-De is committed to providing the services and care that can make a difference.
The Dangers of Fentanyl
Many drug overdose deaths have fentanyl in common. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid. It is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. It is a prescription drug but can also be made and used illegally. Fentanyl is often mixed into other street drugs. Many times, people are not aware that they are taking it.
One way to fight the dangers of fentanyl is through naloxone. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a medicine that can block the opioid receptors and prevent fentanyl’s effects. It must be administered quickly to treat an overdose. If you or someone you know uses or has a history of substance use, it is important to know about and carry naloxone. You can get Naloxone over the counter from most pharmacies and your medical provider can also prescribe it for you.
To learn more about fentanyl, click HERE.
Addiction and Substance Use Services at Chapa-De
Many of our services have had to adapt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have continued to offer non-judgmental and compassionate care for all addictive diseases. Many of our group visits and classes are being held virtually. This has allowed patients to maintain their care plans during this difficult time.
We welcome people at all stages in their journey. From those who are already working on their sobriety, to those who are just starting on this road.
Learn more about the addiction and substance use services offered at Chapa-De HERE.
Chapa-De’s Commitment to Patients
Chapa-De is committed to ensuring our practices and policies allow us to offer the best care to our patients. We have recently revised our controlled substance policy. We understand that even legal opioids can lead to resiliency, dependency, or overdose. We provide opioid education and alternative pain management options to patients.
Chapa-De offers naloxone education and prescriptions to all patients with opioid-related substance use. We have now begun expanding to offer this to patients with non-opioid substance use as well. Because fentanyl can be found in any illegal substance, we want you to be informed and prepared.
Opioid misuse can have lasting harmful effects. Today, and every day, we are here to help.
For more information, 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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