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WHAT IS AN OPIOID?

Opioids are a class of drugs commonly used to reduce pain. The illegal drug heroin is an opioid, as are many of the prescription pain relievers prescribed by doctors, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others. Opioids can negatively affect the reward center in the brain, leading users to need more and more over time. As a result, these drugs can be highly addictive.

ABOUT OPIOIDS

PAIN MANAGEMENT OPTIONS

Opioids aren't the only painkillers availaible, and they're not always the best way to treat pain. Talk to your tribal health provider about traditional or natural healing ways to manage pain. In some cases, even over-the-counter drugs can be effective, and have fewer side effects. Learn more about how you can manage pain without putting yourself and family at risk.

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KNOW YOUR OPTIONS

SHARING PRESCRIPTIONS IS NEVER A GOOD IDEA

When a doctor prescribes you medication, they consider your personal health condition, allergies and care needs. Never share your prescriptions. The CDC has some great tips on what to ask your doctor if you’re ever prescribed an opioid and for more information on not sharing prescriptions and what to do if you’re ever offered a prescription that isn’t yours, visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse(NIDA)

MORE INFORMATION

  • NORTHWEST PORTLAND AREA INDIAN HEALTH BOARD

    Opioid information for Northwest Tribes delivering culturally appropriate health care .

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  • INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE (IHS)

    National resources for health care for American Indians Alaska Natives, including information on opioids and a health care locator tool. 
     

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  • WE R NATIVE

    Culturally driven prevention information and resources for Youth and Young Adults.

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  • NATIVE TRANSFORMATIONS PROJECT

    Substance use and wellness research bringing together university and community co-researchers from the University of Alaska, the Northwest Indian College and three tribes in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • UW ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE INSTITUTE – STOPOVERDOSE.ORG

    A guide to overdose response and Naloxone, with information for families, community leaders and doctors.
     
     

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  • SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (SAMHSA)

    An information-rich resource with national data on opioids, treatment, and grant funding.
     

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  • SHORELINE RECOVERY CENTER

    A comprehensive resource with national data around overdoses and information about causes, response and recovery.

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