Opioids (Pills and Heroin)
Opioids are a group of drugs that includes the illegal drug heroin and prescription pain pills like Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet. Prescription pain pills can help treat severe and sudden pain, such as right after a car accident or surgery. But opioids can cause serious problems such as addiction, physical dependence and even death from overdose. Prescription pain pills are also not as effective for pain that lasts a long time.
Talk to your doctor about the risks of using opioids and your options for other ways to manage your pain.
It is not safe to use someone else's medication or to use prescription pain pills for anything other than treating pain under a doctor's care.
Click on the picture to the right for some national and local statistics.
The Oregon Health Authority, Providence Health & Services, and Comagine Health have created a patient toolkit and an accompanying clinician guide. This toolkit provides education for patients, working together with their health care providers, on how to improve their health and manage pain better through physical activity, sleep, nutrition, mood and tapering. Patients decide what area or "domain" to focus on and what techniques they can employ to improve their overall health and help with their pain. Available for download at www.PainEducationToolkit.com. Provided in six languages.
Confidential and FREE help is available. Call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111. The line is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also visit the Hawthorn Walk-in Center for help. They are open every day from 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Get Rid of Extra Drugs
Seventy (70) percent of people who have a problem with opioid use or addiction have gotten drugs from a friend or family member. Please get rid of old, extra or unused prescription pain pills in your home. Never flush drugs down the toilet or put them in the garbage. Find a safe, local drop-off site.
Tri-County Opioid Safety Coalition Website
The Tri-County Opioid Safety Coalition website was launched in November 2018 to decrease opioid misuse and harms by coordinating the efforts of public health, medical and behavioral health, payer and patient communities. Topics include surveillance/data, pain care, substance use disorder treatment, naloxone and overdose prevention, prescribing, public awareness, clinician and patient education, and medication disposal and safe storage. Information includes efforts specifically related to Washington County.