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Change the Outcome Curriculum

Bolstered by our generous supporters and dedicated volunteers, Change the Outcome works to produce and present curriculum that is meaningful to kids and promotes honest, open discussions about opioid use and addiction.

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Narcan

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Overdoses from opioids happen every day and Naloxone is saving lives every day. The U.S. Surgeon General has urged us to carry this lifesaving medication.

Naloxone=Narcan. They are the same drug. Narcan is the brand name for the nasal form of Naloxone.

Naloxone is used as an emergency treatment to counteract an overdose from an opioid, which causes a life-threatening depression of the central nervous and respiratory systems. Within 3-5 minutes without oxygen, brain damage starts to occur, and is quickly followed by death. Surviving an opioid overdose wholly depends on breathing and oxygen. Naloxone, when used with “rescue breaths” can allow an overdose victim to be revived and breathe normally. It is a non-addictive medication. Overdoses can occur with legitimately prescribed opioids and opioids that are misused. Naloxone is fast acting but only lasts about 30 minutes. When someone is revived with Naloxone they still need to seek medical attention at an ER or hospital.

Anyone of any age can purchase and carry Naloxone. You cannot harm someone by giving them naloxone, even if they are NOT experiencing an overdose from opioids. However, Naloxone will NOT reverse an overdose caused by substances other than opioids. Currently, about 80% of all drugs seized and tested by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in MN contain fentanyl which is 50-100 times more potent than other opioids.

Anyone can purchase Naloxone directly from a pharmacist without a doctor’s prescription, but you can ask for one from your health care provider. Many insurance plans cover the cost of Naloxone. Naloxone has a shelf life of two years and can be administered as a nasal spray, an injection or an auto-injector.

All major pharmacy chains (such as CVS, Walgreen’s, Walmart and RiteAid) stock Narcan Nasal Spray, so it’s convenient for you to obtain today. It is also available at community based organizations.

Want to know more? Visit the MN Department of Health and National Institute of Health both have good, in-depth information available.

Pressed Pills

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Pressed pills are counterfeit pills.

Unless you’re getting a pill directly from a pharmacist, don’t trust that it’s safe. Overdose deaths occur when someone takes a pill they believe is one thing, but turns out to be a “pressed” pill containing fentanyl—a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times more powerful than morphine.

People have the false impression that pills are a “safer” way to use or experiment with substances. This idea is often based on the belief that pills are coming from a pharmacy. Even if you are offered pills from a legitimate prescription bottle or from a friend you trust, you simply can’t be sure. Pressed pills are causing a tremendous and tragic surge in overdose deaths.

Pressed pills are becoming more and more common because dealers make bigger profits selling pills. Drug traffickers purchase manufacturing presses and pill molds along with inexpensive fentanyl and an inert powder to make pills. The fentanyl is “cut” into the powder, dropped into the pill molds, and “pressed” into what appears to be a legitimate pill. These counterfeit pills are often so well made that even a forensic specialist cannot tell the difference visually. Even if a pill appears to have the right shape, color and imprints on it, that does NOT mean it is legitimate.

Every year more and more drugs confiscated by law enforcement are found to contain fentanyl, including heroin, meth, cocaine, ecstasy, Molly (MDMA), and pressed in pills that are disguised as Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Xanax, and other pharmaceuticals. In the past few years, 50% of overdose deaths were caused by fentanyl.

The Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes for Health, and Harm Reduction Coalition all have good resources for learning more about fentanyl.

Steve’s Law

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Steve’s Law, also known as the Good Samaritan law, was created in 2014. The law provides limited protections to people who call 911 and/or administer naloxone in response to a suspected or known drug overdose.

When a person calls 911 to report a suspected or known drug overdose, they are protected from prosecution for using or possessing drugs related to the overdose they are calling 911 for. It also protects people who respond to an overdose if they administer naloxone.

Steve’s Law exists so people don’t leave someone who is overdosing because they’re afraid they or the person overdosing will be arrested if they call 911. It doesn’t matter if you have been using substances or if there is a “personal use” amount of drugs on scene. Police are more interested in saving lives than arresting people.

If you leave someone and don’t call 911 and the overdose leads to a death, you can be charged for not getting help for someone who needs it.

The Minnesota Department of Health offers a great source of clear and thorough information on Steve’s Law.

Pill Disposal

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Two-thirds of teens and young adults who report abuse of prescription medicine are getting it from friends, family and acquaintances. Make sure the young people in your life don’t have access to any medications in your home. Secure and properly dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medicine in your home.

Monitor dosages and refills of prescribed medications you, especially those that are known to be addictive and commonly misused such as opioids (prescription pain relievers), benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety and sedative medications) and stimulants (ADHA medications).

Make sure your friends, parent’s of your child’s friends, neighbors and relatives—especially grandparents—are also aware of the risks. Encourage them to keep medications in a secure location and safely dispose of unused medicine.

You can safely dispose of unused medications by finding a “safe disposal drug dropbox” near you at DEA website or use a drug deactivation bag.

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Drug Facts from National Institute of Health

This link provides basic facts about opioids generally and heroin specifically from the The National Institute of Health (NIH).The NIH is the U.S. Government Office in charge of keeping America healthy. They fund research on drug addiction and other major health problems our country faces and make the results available to the public.

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MDH Opioid Dashboard

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) explains that “The purpose of the Opioid Dashboard is to be a one-stop shop for all statewide data related to opioid use, misuse, and overdose death prevention.” It provides quick access to a wide variety of statistics about the impact of the opioid epidemic in Minnesota, the current state of affairs, and additional contextual resources.

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Surgeon General’s Report

This is a link to the first ever Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction. It provides a summary of what we know about addiction of all kinds and explores ways we might use that knowledge to combat addiction now and in the future.

As the U.S. Government’s highest ranking health official, the Surgeon General’s acknowledgement of and interest in the addiction epidemic facing our country is an encouraging sign. It shows that the Federal Government has taken notice of and wants to fight addiction. The information in this report can help you join that fight.

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CDC — Understanding the Epidemic

Understanding the Epidemic is a Web Portal created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which provided an extremely informative, data-backed explanation of the current state of the opioid epidemic. It covers a wide range of topics topics from commonly used terms to legal opioid prescriptions’ role in addiction.

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National Safety Council — Celebrating Lost Loved Ones Map

The opioid epidemic is a nationwide problem. This map of user-submitted stories offers a powerful visual representation of that truth.

Visit this link to see the thousands of people whose families have memorialized them in the hopes that it will bring awareness to the problem of opioids, show people who we’re losing every single day that it rages on unchecked, remind those fighting addiction that they’re not alone, and maybe even change the outcome for other families whose loved ones struggle with addiction.

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