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Help Combat Opioid Abuse


The Division of Public and Behavioral Health is working with other state and federal agencies, public and private health organizations and others to combat opioid abuse. If you or someone you know is experiencing addiction to an opioid drug or signs of withdrawal, help is available.

Opioid abuse in Nevada

The Nevada Opioid Surveillance report, published by the Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology, contains a great deal of information about opioid-related poisonings, hospitalizations, emergency room visits and deaths. Data in this report is from August 2017.

What is an opioid?

Opioids are a class of drugs that include both legal and illegal substances. Doctors prescribe them for pain and can be safe when taken under supervision and when taken for short periods. For a list of medical opioids and information about them, click here.

    Recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse

    Although every drug is different, some physical signs of opioid withdrawal include:

    • sweating
    • shortness of breath
    • runny nose
    • headaches
    • tremors
    • racing heart

    Some emotional signs include:

    • stomach cramps
    • nausea or vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • guilt
    • fear
    • anxiety
    • irritability
    • difficulty concentrating

    While opioid withdrawal is not usually life-threatening, it is extremely unpleasant and painful, often lasting for several weeks. During this time, the addicted person seeks more of the drug in order to manage their withdrawals (i.e. "get well"). A person in opioid withdrawal should seek medical attention. Home remedies and just "sleeping it off" are not enough.

      Where to get help

      Remember you and your family are not alone. Help is available and recovery is possible. Calling one of the numbers below will connect you with knowledgeable people who can direct you to helpful treatment and support services.

      Articles about Opioids

      On our "Articles about Opioids" page, we will post interesting or relevant articles from various sources about the opioid epidemic.

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        Last Updated: 11/7/2017