The Opioid Epidemic

Opioid abuse is a serious public health and community crisis throughout the United States. This class of drugs includes prescription pain medications such as OxyContin and morphine and all their various forms; and illicit drugs such as heroin. On average, two people die of an opioid-related overdose in Washington every day. And thousands struggle with opioid addiction. 

Opioid misuse and addiction can cause serious medical, social and financial problems. For up-to-date information on the opioid crisis in Washington visit:  https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Opioids

For information from the US Center for Disease Control ( CDC ) visit: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=CDC+Opioids

Washington State has enacted various rules regarding prescribing practices and a prescription monitoring program. These rules and programs were created to improve patient care and to reduce prescription drug misuse. Individual patient dispensing records are collected and collated for Schedule II, III, IV and V drugs. This information about individual patients is available to medical providers and pharmacists as a patient care tool to look for occurrences of prescription drug abuse. Both OFHC and Ray’s Pharmacy participate in these programs, as required by law.

One major source of opioids is unused prescription pain medications that, though neglect or theft, come into the hands of people who should not be using them. An effective and easy way to combat this source of opioid abuse is to dispose of unused prescription medicines properly.  The SJC sheriff’s substation on Orcas has a secure drop box for that exact purpose.

For information to help you deal with opioid addiction visit: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prevention/help.html   or:  http://stopoverdose.org/section/for-families/     

or ask our staff for advice. We’re here to help.

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