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The Danger

Substance Misuse
Can Happen To Anyone

The Trauma Resource Institute (TRI) is a nonprofit organization based out of Claremont, California. Since the founding of TRI over a decade ago, they have worked to develop two models of wellbeing: the Trauma Resiliency Model and the Community Resiliency Model (CRM).

What To Look For

Prescription opioids carry serious risks of addiction and overdose, especially with extended use. Side effects can occur from opioids even when they are taken as directed by a physician. Common side effects are listed below.



Tolerance to prescription opioids happens over time, and means that more medication is required to relieve the same pain.



Increased sensitivity to pain, making any previous pain feel amplified and unbearable.



Physical dependence creates symptoms of withdrawal in the patient or persons when they do not receive the opioid.



Nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, constipation, confusion, dizziness, sleepiness, depression, itching, sweating, low levels of testosterone.

The Risks

What Increases The Risk Of Opioid Dependence?


A history of
drug misuse


A history of


Mental health




Sleep Apnea


Being over the
age of 65

The Help

Narcan Can Save The Life Of A Potential Overdose Victim.

NARCAN Nasal Spray (naloxone hydrochloride) is used for known or suspected opioid overdose in adults and children. It immediately reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Use in the nose only. Do not remove or test the NARCAN Nasal Spray until ready to use. NARCAN can help you save a life.

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About Narcan

Naloxone can be obtained through a prescription from your doctor, over-the-counter at most pharmacies or through an overdose prevention program and training.

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Using Narcan

Schools, public libraries, and YMCA’s may be eligible to receive free NARCAN®.

The Laws

43 States have medical amnesty laws that protect from overdose. Don’t let a loved one become another statistic out of fear of legal ramifications. Learn more about medical amnesty laws in your state.

Disposing opioids

Get Rid Of Opioids Safely.

After removing your personal information from medicine bottles, take your unused or old prescriptions to a public disposal site.
Dispose of opioids in your household trash. Almost all medicines except those on the FDA flush list can be thrown into the trash.
Deterra® Drug Deactivation System simplifies the at home drug disposal concept with drug disposal kits.

The Laws

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