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Over 100,000 Americans were lost to drug overdose from May 2020 to April 2021. An estimated 75% of those deaths can be attributed to opioids.

In 2021 alone, Idaho recorded 241 opioid-related overdose deaths.

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Drug Overdose Prevention Program

We want to help providers communicate the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reduce the risks that come with long-term opioid therapy, including opioid use disorder and overdose. Drug addiction resource map.

SCPHD does not prescribe opioid therapy drugs, offer counseling for addiction, or supply treatment for overdose.

What are Opioids?

Opioids include prescription pain killers (e.g. morphine, codeine, and oxycodone) and illicit opioids (e.g. heroin and fentanyl). Opioids can lead to drowsiness, slowed breathing, overdose, and even death. Illicit opioids like heroin and fentanyl increase the odds of these side effects. Opioid overdoses increase in Idaho every year.

What is naloxone?

Naloxone is a medicine that can be used to temporarily reverse an opioid overdose and restore breathing. The most common form of naloxone is Narcan, a nasal spray. You can purchase Narcan from most local pharmacies.

Naloxone trainings

The health district offers free naloxone training to both individuals and organizations. This training covers a breif explanation of opioids, the risk factors in an opioid overdose, signs of an opioid overdose, using naloxone safely, and the Idaho Good Samaritan Law.

Local resources

Click here for a map of resources or here for a list of local resources available to people fighting a drug misuse disorder.