Have A Safety Plan
Having a safety plan can help reverse the silence on the addiction epidemic.
As an extension of the Reverse the Silence Campaign, SAFE Project created a downloadable Safety Plan. These tips can help individuals who use drugs build a safety plan to prevent overdose.
CARRY NALOXONE: Naloxone will reverse an opioid overdose. Have multiple doses out and ready to go. Tell trusted friends how to use Naloxone. Good Samaritan Laws protect individuals from being charged for drug possession if someone contacts 911.
CHECK YOUR SUPPLY: Checking for changes in drugs like color or taste and the way it dissolves or cooks can be helpful in determining next steps to ensure safety. Extra caution may be taken if the sources of substances has changed, like a different dealer.
NOT USING ALONE: Taking turns using so someone can respond in the event of an overdose can be very helpful. If this is not possible, letting someone know the location and asking for a call or text after 3-5 minutes to check in is an alternative option. Never Use Alone can also be reached at 1-800-484-3731, 24/7.
TEST FOR FENTANYL: Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is about 50x stronger than heroin and it can be found in a number of different substances, like heroin, meth, cocaine, and pressed pills. Fentanyl Test Strips can identify the presence of fentanyl in unregulated drugs and can test injectable drugs, powders, and pills. See below for additional information.
SLOW DOWN: Use less if there have been any changes to tolerance, since using the same amount increases overdose risk. This may be true after long periods of abstinence and we acknowledge that recovery is non-linear and reoccurrence of use happens.
SIGNS OF AN OVERDOSE: Signs of an overdose may include loss of consciousness, being awake but unable to talk, breathing is very slow and shallow, erratic, or has stopped, for lighter skinned people, the skin tone turns bluish purple, for darker skinned people, it turns grayish or ashen, choking sounds, or a snore-like gurgling noise, vomiting, pulse (heartbeat) is slow, erratic, or not there at all.
Download SAFE Project’s Safety Plan, and keep it with you! Display your safety plan where it is easily seen or accessible and give your safety plan to people you trust will use it.
How To Use Fentanyl Test Strips
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is about 50x stronger than heroin and it can be found in a number of different substances, like heroin, meth, cocaine, and pressed pills. Fentanyl Test Strips can identify the presence of fentanyl in unregulated drugs and can test injectable drugs, powders, and pills. There is not a tool available for finding Fentanyl Test Strips in specific areas but some Harm Reduction Agencies or Health Departments have them available.
Reverse the Silence Campaign
SAFE Project, along with Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse (MAPDA), Shatterproof, and our sponsor, Emergent BioSolutions, are teaming up on the Reverse the Silence Campaign to help educate around the risk of opioid use.
Reverse the Silence is a breakthrough TV and radio public awareness and educational campaign addressing the risks associated with opioid use, featuring professional football player, Darren Waller, and lifestyle content creator, Dani Schaffer. At the core of Reverse the Silence is a series of powerful 15 to 60-second TV and radio spots that will air across the country over the next four months.
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