August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. It is a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the U.S.
There are two types of fentanyl: pharmaceutical fentanyl and illegally made fentanyl. Both are considered synthetic opioids. Pharmaceutical fentanyl is prescribed by doctors to treat severe pain, especially after surgery and for advanced-stage cancer.
HCC food pantries have Naloxone
Healthy Communities’ food pantries in Dayton, Silver Springs and Yerington have a stock of Naloxone kits. SAMHSA notes that “Naloxone is designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids, such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone. Administered when a patient is showing signs of opioid overdose, naloxone is a temporary treatment and its effects do not last long. Therefore, it is critical to obtain medical intervention as soon as possible after administering/receiving naloxone.
Come in for a free kit and instructions on how to use it.
209 Dayton Valley Rd.
Tuesday – Thursday 10 am – 4 pm
1290 Lahontan St.
Wednesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm
502 W. Bridge St
Wednesday & Thursday
9 am – 4 pm