OPIATE OVERDOSE PREVENTION
Opiate overdose kits reverse overdoses caused by an opioid drug like heroin or prescription pain medications. If you know someone using opiates, get a kit and be prepared to save a life. Who is at risk of opiate overdose?
Mixing Drugs Many overdoses occur when people mix heroin or prescription opioids with alcohol, benzodiazepines or antidepressants. Alcohol and benzodiazepines (such as Xanax®, Klonopin® and Valium®) are particularly dangerous because, like opioids, they affect an individual’s ability to breathe.
Lowered Tolerance Tolerance is your body’s ability to process a drug. Tolerance changes over time, and, as a result, you may need more of a drug to feel its effects. However, tolerance can decrease rapidly when someone has taken a break from using a substance, whether intentionally (in treatment) or unintentionally (in jail or the hospital). Taking opioids after a period of not using can increase the risk of fatal overdose.
Health Problems Your physical health impacts your body’s ability to manage opioids. Since opioids can impair your ability to breathe, if you have asthma or other breathing problems you are at a higher risk for an overdose. Individuals with liver or kidney disease or dysfunction, heart disease or HIV/AIDS are also at an increased risk of an overdose.
Previous Overdose A person who has experienced a nonfatal overdose in the past has an increased risk of fatal overdose in the future.
Opioids include both heroin and prescription pain medications, including:
- Hydrocodone (Lorcet® and Vicodin®)
- Oxycodone (Percocet®)
- Long-acting opioids (OxyContin®, MS Contin®, methadone)
- Patches (fentynal)
- Other brand name opioid pain medications include Opana ER®, Avinza® and Kadian®
Where to get your opiate overdose kit
Overdose prevention kits containing Naloxone are available at no cost to Stark County residents. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (heroin or Rx pain medications). If you know someone using opiates, get a kit and be prepared to save a life.
Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center
2421 13th Street NW
Canton, Ohio 44708
Naloxone kits are distributed at no charge (and include all necessary supplies and training) at the following times. No appointment is necessary.
• Tuesday through Friday (24 hours per day)
• Saturday between 4 p.m. to midnight
• Monday between midnight to 4 p.m.
Alliance City Health Department
537 E. Market St.
Alliance, Ohio 44601
330-821-7373 Ext. 13
Regional Center for Opiate Recovery (ReCOR)
1660 Nave Road SE
Massillon, Ohio 44646
1341 Market Ave. N
Canton, Ohio 44714
purchase a kit at a pharmacy:
Many pharmacies in Stark County dispense Naloxone without a prescription pursuant to OAC 4729-5-39. Click the button to download a PDF list.
Not in Stark County? Explore a searchable database and look up pharmacies in other Ohio counties from the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacies.
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