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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose from drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone and heroin. It is a problem that many families don’t know how to approach or what signs to be on the lookout for. And with President Trump to declare the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, it's important to know what to be on the lookout for.
Patricia Astrene LCSW CADC, Clinical Program Manager at the Doreen E. Chapman Center at NorthShore, shares what you can do to help reduce risk and prevent opioid addiction or overdose.
Risk factors for prescription opioid abuse and overdose include:
Patricia recommends these tips for keeping you and your family safe:
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse – such as opioids – seeking help is the most important and courageous step you can take. The Doreen E. Chapman Center at NorthShore has been helping people recover for the past 40 years. Here you will find a clinical staff member available to answer any questions you may have about our programs. For additional questions, please call 847.570.4633. To schedule a first appointment, please call the Access Center at 847.570.2500 option 2.