Opioids include both illegal drugs, such as heroin, and prescription pain medicine. Common opioids include oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, methadone and codeine.
Common side effects of opioids include sedation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, physical dependence, tolerance and respiratory depression.
Opioids are prescribed to treat pain. With prolonged use, pain-relieving effects may lessen and pain can become worse. In addition, the body can develop dependence.
At lower doses, opioids may make you feel sleepy, but higher doses can slow your breathing and heart rate, which can lead to death.
OPIOID EPIDEMIC BY THE NUMBERS
Increase in Overdose Deaths
in Michigan from the span of 1999-2016, from 99 deaths to 1,699 deaths.
Deaths from Drug Overdoses
in 2017 there were more deaths from drug overdoses than car crashes in Michigan.
Deaths from Opioid Overdoses
Deaths from Synthetic Narcotic Overdoses
(Including Fentanyl) in 2017.
Deaths from Heroin Overdoses
TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Decrease in Opioid Prescriptions
Increase in Physicians & Pharmacists registered to use MAPS
to check patient history from 2017 to 2018.
Increase in times Physicians/Pharmacists check patient prescription history using MAPS
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