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Opioid Navigator



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The UCPCOG Opioid Navigator focuses on empowering individuals, family members, and caregivers residing in Edgecombe, Halifax, Northampton, and surrounding counties to prevent, receive treatment and recover from opioid and other substance use disorders. We work together to equip, empower and inspire.

 
THE PROBLEM
During 2020, 93,000 people in the US died from opioid overdoses — the most ever, and more people than have ever died in a single year in the US from either car crashes or gun violence. Many people who took the painkillers as prescribed became addicted and died from opioid drug overdosing. Older adults who have trouble with their memory, people with breathing problems, and those who smoke have a high risk of overdosing. You are also at a higher risk of overdosing if you use opioids with alcohol or benzodiazepines like: Valium, Xanax, and Klonopin, because they lower your heart and breathing rate.
 
 
HOW DO I GET HELP?
Opioid addiction can be deadly and can cause problems with family, friends, and at work. It can lead you to committing crimes that can put you in jail.

But help and treatment are available:
  • Peer Support Services
  • Medication-assisted treatment combined with therapy
  • Rehabilitation & Detoxification Facilities
  • Opioid Replacement Therapy

Don’t know where to go for help? Call the UCPCOG Opioid Navigator today!

Opioid Navigator Brochure


Kelly O’Sullivan
Upper Coastal Plain Area Agency on Aging
(252) 688-6099