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- Do not drink alcohol while taking opioids.
- Do not start any new medications without talking to your prescriber (e.g. doctor, nurse practitioner) or pharmacist first.
- Do not share medications.
- Store medications in a safe and secure place.
- Take your medications exactly as prescribed. If you have questions, ask your prescriber or pharmacist. Take medication as prescribed.
- If you mix, try to use less amount of each drug. Avoid using with alcohol.
- Most deaths occur when multiple substances are taken together.
- All opioids are not created equally.
- Do a test, does it look the same? Is it from a trusted source?
When a drug is used repeatedly over time, a tolerance may develop. Tolerance is when a person doesn’t respond to a drug in the same way they initially responded. In this case, a higher dose of the drug is needed to achieve the same high as initially achieved.
- Varies with stress, illness or other medical conditions.
- Drops rapidly within a few days of not using.
- After breaks of not using, start with a smaller dose and go slow.
Routes of Administration
- You may not be able to handle the same amount of drug when switching routes.
- Not using opioids is recommended. If opioids are used, swallowing and snorting are preferred routes of administration. Injectable doses are most dangerous.
Don’t use non-prescription opioids alone
- If you use opioids alone, no one will be there to help you if you overdose.
- Use with a friend or have someone you trust check on you.
- Have a plan and carry Naloxone.