Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. Anyone who uses opioids — whether prescription pain relievers, heroin, or synthetic opioids such as fentanyl — can experience an overdose, but certain factors may increase risk including but not limited to:

  • Age greater than 65 years old
  • Taking high daily dosages of prescription opioids
  • Combining opioids with alcohol or certain other drugs
  • Taking more opioids than prescribed
  • Taking illicit or illegal opioids, like heroin or illicitly-manufactured fentanyl, that could possibly contain unknown or harmful substances
  • Certain medical conditions, such as sleep apnea, or reduced kidney or liver function

Learn more about the risk factors and what to do in the case someone you know overdoses on opioids. Click here to download Preventing an Opioid Overdose. Spread the word and possibly save a life!

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