What is an Opioid?
Opioids are a class of drugs that encapsulate natural, synthetic, and semi-synthetic drugs that derive from opium. Such drugs include the illegal drug heroin, fentanyl, and pain relievers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, which are available with a prescription. To learn more about how you can get involved as part of a local response to opioid misuse and overdose, please contact Wanda Fedorchik, substance abuse prevention coordinator, at PositivePressure@BCCHP.org.
On Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Positive Pressure coalition is hosting a prescription takeback event at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital’s north parking lot. Partners and volunteers or the event are, CHI Health Good Samaritan, Buffalo County Community Partners, Buffalo County Sherriff’s Office, Kearney Police Department, and the Kearney Elks Lodge.
Commonly misused prescription opioids
Codeine – Tylenol #3 ©
Fentanyl patch – Actiq, Duragesic ©
Hydrocodone – Vicodin, Norco ©
Hydromorphone – Dilaudid ©
Meperidine – Demerol ©
Morphine – MS Contin ©
Oxycodone – Oxycontin, Percocet ©
Oxymorphone – Opana ©
We have compiled a list of suggested resources from the Opioid Taskforce, Kearney Police Department, and Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office to assist those looking for help or more information. To access the full resource list, click here.
The Nebraska Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is a unique statewide tool that collects dispensed prescription information and is housed on the Health Information Exchange platform. The Nebraska PDMP is a public health model focusing on patient safety. Click here for more information.
In January 2018, a sub-committee of the Positive Pressure Coalition was formed to address the nations emerging Opioid crisis. This group, the Opioid Task Force, is comprised of stakeholders with a common interest in preventing opioid misuse in our community. The Task Force has identified two main prevention goals:
1. Reducing Access
2. Increasing awareness of the dangers of opioid misuse
Many cities across the country are seeing epidemic-level cases of opioid misuse. Despite the fact that Buffalo County has not seen epidemic-level cases of opioid misuse, it is important to learn what is happening locally in order to strategically focus our efforts on preventing opioid misuse in our community. This report serves as an introduction into our local concerns regarding opioid misuse and overdose.
The funding for this work is part of a sub-award partnership between Community Partners and Region 3 Behavioral Health Services. It is part of Nebraska’s State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis within the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
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