Recently STC celebrated International Overdose Awareness Day. It’s a time to remember the lives lost to overdose, and to celebrate those who’ve survived.
The Centers for Disease Control says the United States is experiencing an epidemic of deaths related to drug overdose. It kills almost 44,000 people every year in the U.S.
Carmen Villegas with Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas says, “Some of the common drugs are Heroin, and prescription drugs. Any pain killers that are prescribed or found.”
Drugs don’t discriminate. They know no age or gender. But overdose rates are highest among people between the ages 25 and 54, and men are more likely than women to die from overdose. But to prevent overdose deaths, we need to prevent people from using in the first place.
Carmen Villegas says, “Educate your children. Prescription drugs are widely available so it’s important for a parent to work with the child and educate them on what’s good and what’s not good and what they should and shouldn’t be using.”
But for those with a loved one who may be addicted to drugs, the State of Texas recently made Naloxone available without a prescription. It’s a medication that can quickly reverse the effects of an Opioid overdose.
Blanca Martinez with Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas, “It brings that person essentially back to life. So it gives you time to call 911 and get help for that person.”
Naloxone has the benefit of saving a life without it becoming a drug of abuse.
Blanca Martinez, “It’s not harmful. So if a person is not having an overdose, it’s not going to harm them in any single way. If a child gets their hands on it, it’s not going to harm them in any way as well.”
For now Walgreen’s and CVS are two major drug stores that carry Naloxone without a prescription.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a drug addiction, you can reach Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas on the number at the bottom of your screen.