Let’s Stop Stimulant and Opioid Misuse in Our Community
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Stimulants frequently misused are commonly known as “coke”, “crack”, “meth”, and “speed”. Stimulants increase alertness, attention, and energy while also elevating blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. While there are prescription stimulants for medical use, recreational versions such as cocaine and methamphetamine are illegal.
Do you know someone that uses prescription stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin? These medications are used to treat people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. However, many people misuse prescription stimulants that are often referred to as “study drugs”, “speed”, or “uppers”.
Stimulants are not the solution to escape problems, fit in with friends, or satisfy curiosity….drugs eventually become the problem. Harmful effects include extreme weight loss, nose bleeds, infections, skin sores, severe dental problems (meth mouth), anxiety, memory loss, violent behavior, paranoia and hallucinations.
When used correctly under a healthcare provider’s direction, prescription pain medicines, are helpful for short-term pain relief. However, abusing prescription opioids risk dependence and addiction.
What We Can Do As A Community
Stimulant and opioid misuse can lead to dependency and addiction interfering with school, work, and social relationships. Many times people mix a variety of drugs which increases risk of adverse effects and the potential for overdose that may be difficult to detect. Opioids and stimulants are highly addictive and can be deadly.
How we can help? We all have a role to play in stopping misuse of stimulants, opioids, and other drugs. Lock your medicines and dispose of them properly. Never share your medicines with others. Learn how to administer Naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medicine, that can be obtained at local pharmacies without a prescription. Help those struggling with substance misuse and their family members to connect with professional and supportive services.
Communities can help create cultures of acceptance and support that can reduce the stigma of substance misuse, and help connect individuals and families to the treatment they need to recover. As a community, we need to help our loved ones by realizing that addiction is a treatable disease and not a personal failing.
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