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Prescription Opioid Overdose Prevention


The Health Department is committed to preventing opioid overdose. Get the facts, learn the signs of an overdose, and learn what you can do to prevent a prescription opioid overdose.



Some people might think prescription opioids are safer than alcohol or illegal drugs, but the truth is they carry serious risks and side effects, including addiction and overdose.

If you or someone you know has been prescribed opioids like oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), morphine, or methadone, it is important to learn as much as you can about the risks. The CDC recommends that individuals work closely with their doctors when taking opioid medications to avoid the serious risks and side effects associated with them.


Prescription opioids can be addictive and dangerous. It only takes a little to lose a lot.


NARCAN® Nasal Spray can help reverse an opioid overdose.

NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray counteracts the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose. NARCAN® was developed for first responders, as well as family, friends, and caregivers—with no medical training required. It is available without a prescription from a doctor and is covered by most insurance plans.

See if you qualify for a FREE NARCAN® Nasal Spray rescue kit from Georgia Overdose Prevention.

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