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Opioid epidemic help info

Posted at 2:54 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 00:05:49-05

On Wednesday night at 10 p.m., 2 Works for You presents "Killer Crisis: The Opioid Epidemic."

Below, find some information on how to help those involved in the crisis.

From the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse:

  • If you or someone you know is in a crisis situation and are in need of immediate assistance, particularly if experiencing trouble breathing or overdose may have occurred, please dial “911” immediately or contact your local emergency first responders.
     
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing unwanted side effects from taking prescription pain medication, contact the prescribing physician.  Remember that signs of an overdose can include slow, shallow breathing, clammy skin, and/or is unable to awaken. An antidote is available that can reverse the overdose.
     
  • If you are seeking treatment services, call “211” to access 24-hour assistance with linking to local providers.  You may also talk to your family physician, local behavioral health providers including community mental health centers, community hospital, your insurance provider, clergy, family and friends.  It is important to talk about the issue and begin the process.  There are concerned, caring individuals who want to help.

Access a listing of ODMHSAS certified treatment providers.

From the Oklahoma Department of Health:

Use the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to find services near you.

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