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.
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.
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.