How can you prevent drug overdoses?
What can you do if you or a loved one is an overdose survivor?
More Americans die from drug overdoses, each year, than from automobile accidents or firearms. It’s a growing problem that seems to be occurring under the radar of most individuals. Awareness of the problem is the first step to reversing this trend, so please continue reading and share this with your friends and family.
Sadly, most people think of street-bound heroin
addicts when they hear “overdose”. But the highest percentage of these deaths involves prescription painkillers
. Much of the time, the drugs are obtained legally from a physician, but the patient either becomes addicted or accidentally takes too high of a dose. It often comes as a shock to loved ones who didn’t think it could happen with legal drugs, or they just ignored the problem all together.
Saturday, August 31st, 2013 is International Overdose Awareness Day. Tarzana Treatment Centers encourages you to become educated about prescription drug abuse and addiction, how overdoses can occur, and what you can do to prevent them. It is also important to know what to do in the event of an overdose, and how to be or live with an overdose survivor.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed some material which can get you up to speed. The tool kit is free and you can find it at this link:
Tarzana Treatment Centers
provides a wide array of treatment services for opiate addictions. Medical Detoxification systematically cleanses the body of opiates in preparation for further addiction treatment. We also provide two forms of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) with Methadone Maintenance and Vivitrol. Vivitrol is a post-detox medication that reduces opiate cravings, and Methadone Maintenance is meant for addicts who have had multiple relapses and need a little more help on the road to total abstinence.
Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California
in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.