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 [email protected]

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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 ©

Year round prescription takeback locations

Hy-Vee – Kearney
Medicap – Kearney
ABC Drug – Kearney
Walgreens – Kearney
CVS (Target) – Kearney
Family Fresh – Kearney
Valley (Kearney Clinic) – Kearney
Haeberle’s (Apple Market) – Kearney
Svanda – Ravenna
Lambert’s Family Pharmacy – Gibbon

Resources

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.

Providers and Patients

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.

Contact us

For more information, or for any questions, please fill out the form below. 

1755 Prairie View Place, Kearney NE 68845

Mailing Address: Po Box 1466 Kearney NE 68848
Office: 308-865-2284
Email: [email protected]

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