Stopping the Opioid Epidemic- 5:13
with Dr. Debra Pinals, Medical Director with the MDHHS
Nov 13, 2018
Prescription drug misuse is a serious problem in Michigan. Drug overdose deaths are on the rise across the state. Two types of prescription drugs are the leading cause of misuse - painkillers (opioids) and tranquilizers (benzodiazepines). Opioids include both illegal drugs, such as heroin, and prescription pain medicine. Common opioids used to treat pain include oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, methadone, and codeine. Synthetic opioids are contributing to the crisis, too.Synthetic opioids that are appearing across Michigan include fentanyl and carfentanil. These drugs are far more powerful and deadly than other opioids and are frequently mixed with heroin, often times without the user knowing. You can visit Michigan.gov/opioids for more information.
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