How to Avoid an Overdose

Prescription opioids (like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine) and illicit opioids (like heroin and illegally made fentanyl) are powerful drugs that have a risk of a potentially fatal overdose. Anyone who uses opioids can experience an overdose. Some tips to avoid an overdose include:

  • Take medication only if it has been prescribed to you by your doctor.
  • Do not take more medication or take it more often than instructed.
  • Call your doctor if your pain gets worse.
  • Never mix pain medications with alcohol, sleeping pills, or any illicit substance.
  • Store your medication(s) in a safe place where children and pets cannot reach it.
  • Learn the signs of an overdose and how to use naloxone to keep it from becoming fatal.
  • Teach your family and friends how to respond to an overdose.
  • Dispose of unused medication properly.
How can I be addicted? I get these from my doctor? - Brenda