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The Dangers of Opioid Abuse

One dose can create serious and potentially fatal health problem. There’s an alarming trend in fatal opioid drug overdoses.  In 2016 over 50,000 fatal overdoses occurred.  In 2022 over 100,000 people died from acute opioid overdose.  Nationwide an average of 150 people die from opiate overdoses daily.  Know the danger and GET HELP NOW!

Here are some common Opioid’s (precsription painkillers) on the market:

  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet)
  • Diphenoxylate (Lomotil)
  • Morphine (Kadian, Avinza, MS Contin)
  • Codeine (Various Brand Names)
  • Fentanyl (Duragesic)
  • Propoxyphene (Darvon)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Methadone (Various Brand Names)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana)

Many people who use opiods are in denial and do not realize or do not want to admit that they are addicted and need help. This is very common for people suffering with opioid addiction and it can be difficult to be self-aware and admit that you need help. Here are a few questions that you need to ask yourself and be brutally honest to self-assess if you have an opioid addiction:

  1. Do you take or use an opioid as soon as you have some available?
  2. Does your use of dosage of opioids increase over time?
  3. Do you need a higher and higher dose to get the same effect as a lower dose did previously?
  4. If you do stop, do you get sweaty, agitated, anxious, or any abnormal feelings within a short period of time after your last dose?
  5. Have you found yourself in trouble at work due to opioid use?
  6. Have you ever been in trouble or caused trouble in a relationship because of opioid use?
  7. Has your heart or lungs suffered any issues like pneumonia, infections, etc?
  8. Are you in financial trouble because of your spending on opioids?
  9. Do you commit illegal acts to obtain opioids or money to buy opioids?
  10. Do you dream of using opioids?
  11. Is opioid use the first thought upon waking?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you likely have a serious opioid addiction problem and you need to seek help now. We offer the most effective and friendly addiction suboxone treatment in Appleton and the surrounding areas. Please click on the button below to GET HELP NOW!

An alarming number of overdoses in Wisconsin are from young people ages 12-25. In recent years that number has increased 260%. An overwhelming majority of those that abuse opioids get them from family, friends, and those close to them. There are some clear and definitive risk factors that you as a parent should be looking for:

  1. Getting into trouble at school or with the law
  2. Complete lack of interest in sports, hobbies, or other personal interests they used to enjoy
  3. A steady decline in grades and performance at school or extracurriculuar activities
  4. Lack of personal hygiene, proper sleep, and continual sickness like pneumonia, infections, etc
  5. Getting rid of friendships in place of “new” friends that are bad influences
  6. Getting into trouble at work

If any of these symptoms are present it is definitely worth speaking to your child and trying to get them help. Here are a few methods that we recommend for helping your child:

  1. Educate yourself on how to have a frank conversation with your child about drugs, specifically opioids and their negative effects and how easily they lead to death (overdoses)
  2. Educate yourself about the available addiction, treatment, and recovery options available (specifically educate yourself on our Suboxone treatment and how it works)
  3. Make sure you are not feeding your childs opioid addiction by giving them money and not knowing where it is being spent
  4. Take away your child’s driver license and car keys if you suspect they are actively using opioids to help prevent a potential accident
  5. Make sure you let them know that they are loved and have your support and that you will be there throughout the process
  6. Bring your child to a medical professional to have them evaluated professionally by someone trained and well versed in addiction treatment

Please educate yourselves on opioid addiction, treatment, and recovery options. We offer the most effective addiction treatment options like Suboxone treatment and we serve the Appleton, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Neenah, and Fox Valley. If you are not sure what your next step should be, please click on the GET HELP NOW button and contact us. We would be happy to help you work through this sensitive and troubling issue you might be facing. We are here for you.

The growing opiate addiction has reached epidemic proportions and has become a major safety issue for employers.  Recognizing opiate addiction and making sure an employee gets help is a major safety concern.

This is very alarming and it is important as a business owner or HR professional that you understand what your options are. Here is a list of things you can do an owner, employer, HR professional, or supervisor:

  1. The first step is educating yourself on the legalities of dealing with type of situation. It is best to consult your HR professional and legal counsel due to several laws on the books that exist to protect discrimination like the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act), ADEA (Age Discrimination in Employment Act), and many state laws and regulations that will need to navigate. Although it might seem like your hands are tied there are still many options at your disposal.
  2. Give proper training to manager and supervisors. Ensure they have a proper understanding of the laws, drug testing policies, drug-free workplace via the company’s policy. Educate them on how to spot and identify potential opioid abuse symptoms and signs. If they suspect this is the case, make sure they speak to management, an HR professional, or appropriate person in your company.
  3. Give proper educational opportunities for your employees to understand and how to recognize the dangers of opioid abuse and how it could impact themselves, their family, and their employer and job.
  4. Many companies have mandatory drug testing. This alone may not alert the company to someone using or abusing opioids. Watch for patterns of the workplace behavior which may suggest substance abuse.
  5. Make sure that your company’s drug policy is properly disseminated company wide.

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Opiate addiction is a fatal disease!

Between 2006 and 2015 the proportion of drug fatalities where heroin is mentioned increased more than fivefold, from 5 to 32 percent.

Do not let yourself, a loved one, or an employee become a statistic. Use all of the available treatment methods, education, and recovery options to combat this terrible and fatal addiction abuse problem plaguing us. We offer the most effective addiction treatment options like Suboxone treatment, Subutex treatment, and other treatment options like Vivitrol to ensure that you get the proper help you need. We serve the entire Fox Valley and would love to help you. GET HELP NOW by clicking below and sending us an email or giving us a call. Our friendly staff is here to help and support you through this hard time. GET HELP NOW, do not be a statistic.

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