The Bridgton Academy Community just lost a recent graduate, Thomas Casthana, Class of 2013. Tom passed away on April 13, 2017 from a fatal opioid overdose. Please check out the following information that could save your life, or the lives of friends & family members.
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Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US
There were 54,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015 . Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015. (asam.org, American Society of Addiction Medicine)
*If considering using Opiates such as Heroin or its synthetic variations: Oxycodone (OxyContin & Percocet), Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Codeine, Morphine, or Fentanyl, know the facts:
*Most Heroin users were previously using pills (80% of new Heroin users were already using pain med pills, like Oxycontin) . ($50 pills are replaced by more affordable $10 heroin dose.)
*All these substances are extremely addictive and are likely to lead to opioid dependency, which is considered a life-long chronic brain disorder.
*Quitting isn’t likely. Only 5-15% of users actually stay off for good. Many report that the cravings never end.
*People trying hardest to quit are at highest risk of dying. (Overdose rates are highest when users relapse and have sudden re-exposure).
*Each day more than 1, 000 people are treated in the Emergency Departments for the misuse of opioids. Approximately 91 people die per day due to pain med. or heroin overdose in the U.S.
*If using Opiates such as heroin, Percoset, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Fentanyl :
1) Call the National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP. This is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365 day-a-year Treatment Referral and Information Service for Individuals and Families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. For more resources of support, please see the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration Website:
Link: National Helpline
2) Learn about Suboxone (Buprenorphine & Naloxone) treatment, which is prescribed to those with Opioid Dependency. It is used to reduce opiate cravings without impairing functioning.
The following web link is a Buprenorphine/Suboxone Treatment Physician Locator
3) Never use alcohol and other sedatives, as the combination can lead to respiratory depression and death.
4) Never use when alone.
4) Use ½ dose (especially if it's been a while), in case you encounter the unexpected. A product may be purer than advertised, and contain Fentanyl (synthetic heroin that is 40-50 times more potent than 100% pure pharmaceutical grade Heroin). Fentanyl-laced heroin has recently led to alarming death rates in the U.S.
5) Don’t delay going calling 911 or going to the closest emergency room to help a friend or someone who is at risk of having an overdose. Administration of an antidote Naloxone “Narcan” can immediately block opiate receptors in the brain and prevent a fatal overdose.