The Jacksonville Department of Public Safety, in partnership with local substance abuse and mental health agencies, held workshops addressing the opioid crisis in our community. Educational resources presented at these workshops are included on this web page for those affected by opioids, their families, First Responders and prescribers.
“Our community is losing people of all ages to the opioid crisis every day. Education, prevention and intervention is imperative in our battle against heroin and opioid addiction in our community.” - Chief Mike Yaniero, Director of Public Safety
Opiate overdose continues to be a major public health problem in the United States. It has contributed significantly illicit and prescription opioids. In fact, U.S. overdose deaths involving prescription opioid analgesics increased to about 17,000 deaths a year in 2010, almost double the number in 2001. This increase coincided with a nearly fourfold increase in the use of prescribed opioids for the treatment of pain.
Opioids include illegal drugs such as heroin, as well as prescription medications used to treat pain such as morphine, codeine, methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, hydromorphone, and buprenorphine. Opioids work by binding to specific receptors in the brain, spinal cord and gastrointestinal tract and minimize the body's perception of pain. (source - SAMHSA)
Opioid Education Resources
- Important Facts about Opioids
- Essential Steps for First Responders
- Information for Prescribers
- Safety Advice for Patients and Family Members
- Recovering from Opioid Overdose
- Drug Addiction & Abuse
- Signs & Symptoms of Opioid Use
- Where to get help
- American Society of Addiction Medicine - Opioid Addiction Article
- Searching for Relief: The Cause of America's Opioid Epidemic
- Wikipedia Definition - Equianalgesic (Opioid)
- IWP - Patients Advocate Pharmacy: Opiate, Opioid, Narcotic, What's the Difference?
- New York Times article, October 26, 2017 by Maya Salam - The Opioid Epidemic: A Crisis Years in the Making
- Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2013 - Emergency Department Patient Experience of Care (EDPEC) Survey
- New York Times article, June 5, 2017 by Josh Katz - Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever