Presentation to Discuss the Dangers of Opioid Usage

ATSU will host a presentation on opioids from 7-8:30 p.m. April 4 in the A.T. Still University Interprofessional Education Building Room 257/259.

ATSU’s Student Osteopathic Medical Association, along with Northeast Regional Medical Center anesthesiologist James Potter and Donna Peissner, licensed clinical social worker with the Northeast Missouri Health Council, will discuss the current state of opioid use, how to identify an opioid overdose and when/how to safely administer lifesaving Naloxone nasal spray, which is now an over-the-counter medication in the state of Missouri. Twelve free doses of Naloxone will be raffled off at the event ($130 value each).
Facts about opioid use:
• More than 2.5 million American adults are currently struggling with addictions to opioid medications.
• In 2017, there were 142,557 emergency department visits due to suspected opioid overdose, a 29.7 percent hike from 2016.
• In 2016, approximately 43,000-60,000 Americans died due to an opioid overdose, which is greater than the number that died from breast cancer during the same year (41,070).

All of these opioid overdose deaths were preventable with lifesaving medications like Naloxone. It is estimated that 26,500 overdoses were treated by non-medical personnel using Naloxone from 1996 to 2014.
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