Substance use disorders (SUD) affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. SUD is a treatable mental disorder that affects a person’s brain and behavior, leading to their inability to control their use of substances like legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or addictive substances. Substances like alcohol, marijuana, and nicotine also are considered drugs. When you’re addicted, you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes.
The risk of addiction and how fast you become addicted varies by drug and person. Some drugs, such as opioid painkillers, have a higher risk and cause addition more quickly than others.
As time passes, you may need larger doses of the drug to get high. Soon you may need the drug just to feel good. As your drug use increases, you may find that it’s increasingly difficult to go without the drug. Attempts to stop drug use may cause intense cravings and make you feel physical ill. These are called withdrawal symptoms.
Fentanyl overdoses and deaths have increased over the past few years. Most people don't know it is a synthetic opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
Any drug not prescribed by a licensed pharmacy could contain a lethal dose of fentanyl. Taking a few minutes to test your drug can be lifesaving. If fentanyl is detected, think twice about using your drug.
If you choose to use.
Bring the basics.
Naloxone is a prescription medication used to reverse an opioid overdose. It usually works within 3-5 minutes and, depending on the device, is effective when sprayed in the nose or injected in a muscle.
Utah now has a standing order in place for naloxone prescription. This means that Utah pharmacists can now dispense naloxone without a prescription. A full list of locations offering naloxone can be found here.
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