Take Back My Life is an initiative of the Frederick County Health Department aimed at expanding awareness of the risks associated with opioid use, while supporting families and empowering individuals on a path of health and recovery.
These videos present real people in the Frederick area who have experienced opioid use disorder — either their own or those of family members. They’re sharing their stories in hopes of saving other lives and households from the pain and heartbreak they’ve suffered. Their stories provide hope and encouragement for a brighter tomorrow.
The most powerful weapon for preventing prescription opioid misuse—for yourself or loved ones—is knowledge. Get the facts on what opioids are and do, the dangers of opioid misuse, as well as a better understanding how to manage and dispose of opioids safely.
View more information at StayInTheKnow.org/Opioids
Opioids are drugs that are commonly prescribed by physicians after surgery or to help relieve chronic pain. When taken exactly as directed by a medical professional, opioids are safe and can manage pain effectively. Opioids work by attaching to proteins called opioid receptors in our brain, spinal cord, and other areas of the body. When attached to receptors in certain parts of the brain, they dull the sensation of pain and also cause feelings of relaxation and euphoria. While they usually come in pill form, opioids are often crushed into powder and then snorted or injected to enter the bloodstream and brain more quickly. This increases the risk of both addiction and overdose.
The following lists various types of opioids and their common brand names:
There are both immediate and long-term risks to Rx medicine abuse. In the short-term, overdosing can be fatal, as can mixing Rx medicine with over-the counter medicine and/or alcohol. In the long-term, prescription opioids (pain relievers) and other prescription medicines have been proven to be addictive. Relying on Rx medicines at a young age to help “manage” life can establish a lifelong pattern of dependency and prevent teens from learning important coping skills. The use of someone else’s medications is not only illegal but also dangerous. When used as prescribed, prescription drugs are safe medications, but misusing them has many health risks including addiction, overdose and even death. Safeguard your medications with three simple steps: Monitor.Secure.Dispose.
3 Steps to Safeguard Your Home & Protect Your Kids:
There are five (5) permanent drop box locations throughout the county where citizens can safely dispose of their expired and/or unwanted household medicines and prescription drugs. These locations are available year round. 2 of the locations are 24/7. They include the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center and Brunswick Police Department.
Brunswick Police Department
20 East “A” Street
Brunswick, MD 21716
Frederick County Law Enforcement Center
110 Airport Drive East
Frederick, MD 21701
Middletown Municipal Center
31 West Main Street
Middletown, MD 21769
Emmitsburg Community Center
300 S Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Thurmont Police Department
800 East Main Street
Thurmont, MD 21788
Funding provided by the Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration & SAMHSA. 2018
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