Prevention starts with awareness.
Opioids are a class of drugs used to reduce pain. When used incorrectly, opioids can become addictive. In fact, opioid overdose is a major problem in the U.S.
Protect your community by learning the risks of opioid misuse.
No matter where you live, opioids can be a major problem for your community. Opioids come in different shapes and forms, sometimes prescribed by a doctor. For these reasons, most people do not realize the risk of misusing opioids.
Knowing what to look for and who to call on for help can save a life — yours or the life of someone close to you. The impact of opioids in the U.S. is measurable:
- 70% of drug overdose deaths involved opioids in 2019 (Source)
- 580 people try heroin for the first time each day in the U.S. (Source)
- 50-100x more potent than other prescribed pain medications (Source)
That’s why UGA Extension created a team of experts to help educate Georgians.
Want to learn how to protect yourself and your community? We are here to help.
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