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An overdose is when someone takes too much of a substance. A poisoning is when someone is unaware that the substance was present (ex. Taylor died from Fentanyl poisoning because he didn’t know the heroin was laced with Fentanyl)
Fentanyl is the #1 killer of Americans ages 13-50.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50x more powerful than heroin and 100x more powerful than morphine.
Only 2mg (size of 3 grains of salt) is a lethal dose.
Xylazine or “Tranq” is an animal tranquilizer that has increasingly been laced into other drugs. It has been called the “skin-rotting zombie drug” because of its extreme effects on humans. 26% of the Fentanyl seized by the DEA this year also contained Xylazine. Narcan can not reverse an overdose of Xylazine because it is not an opioid.
The DEA estimates that ~48% of “street” drugs are laced with Fentanyl.
Drug dealers often use emojis when advertising or discussing a transaction. DEA Drug Emoji Codes
Narcan is an opioid overdose reversal drug. It can temporarily stop or slow an overdose until medical professionals arrive. It is available over-the-counter at most pharmacies and covered by most insurances.
About 40% of Americans have or are currently battling a substance use disorder.
Not sure where to start? Email us and we can listen to your/your loved one’s story and help connect you with resources.
The Courage Center is a Midlands organization that can help connect you with treatment resources, offers peer recovery specialist counseling, and hosts recovery/family support meetings.
LRADAC also has treatment options available for adults and youth.
1 in 5 Americans experience a mental health condition every year. People with mental health conditions can still live very fulfilling lives-especially if they have access to treatment.
Not sure where to start? Primary care physicians can often diagnose mental health conditions and refer you to an appropriate treatment provider. School guidance offices or social workers can also help connect youth with resources.
A Therapist is someone who verbally treats mental health symptoms or conditions.
A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor that can diagnose mental conditions and treat them with medication or medical treatments.
Mental health screenings and assessments can help you identify symptoms and collect your thoughts to discuss with a professional. They are not an at-home diagnosis.