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Prevention of Opioid Abuse

Substance abuse is a major public health concern in New York State. To help address the problem it's important to educate yourself on the basic facts and ways to prevent addiction.

Prevent the misuse of prescription medications.

Learn about opioid overdose prevention.

Know the signs. Save a life. Learn these tips from the CDC for recognizing the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and what to do if you think someone is overdosing.

Opioid-related overdose has increased as a health-threat, which has led New York State to pass a life-saving law making it legal for non-medical persons to administer naloxone (Narcan) to another individual in order to prevent an opioid or heroin overdose from becoming fatal by reversing the overdose. 

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Link people to treatment.

Help those who are addicted get appropriate treatment and crisis intervention:


Be involved and engaged.

Parents who are involved and engaged in their children's lives are more likely to notice the warning signs of substance abuse and are able to prevent it before it happens.

Do not wait, it could be too late.

If you think someone you care about is abusing heroin or other opioids, start a conversation today.  

Sources:       www.ongov.net/health/heroin/





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