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Opioids: What, Why & What To Do

Posted by Rita Martin

What are Opioids?

 Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone, (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.

When used correctly under a health care provider's direction, prescription pain medicines are helpful. However, misusing prescription opioids risks dependence and addiction. Misuse of prescription opioids is a huge part of the epidemic. Misuse includes people with a prescription not taking it as prescribed--taking too many pills at once, for example--or people without a prescription taking pills they get from a family medicine cabinet, friends, random strangers at a party or drug dealers selling pills illegally.

Addiction and Treatment

Addiction isn’t limited to the people using just the illegal opioids, like heroin. Regular use of opioid drugs, even as prescribed by a doctor or medical professional, can lead to dependence.

Taking opioids at too high of a dose, or for too long a period of time, increases the risk of addiction, overdose, and death. The likelihood of using opioid painkillers long-term spikes after just five days of use.

The main treatment for prescription opioid addiction is medication-assisted treatment (MAT). It includes medicines, counseling, and support from family and friends. MAT can help you stop using the drug, get through withdrawal, and cope with cravings. There is also a medicine called naloxone which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and prevent death, if it is given in time.

To prevent problems with prescription opioids, be sure to follow your doctor's instructions when taking them. Do not share your medications with anyone else. Keep them secure and contact your doctor with any concerns. Be sure you are following proper disposal precautions for medications that you no longer need, by contacting your pharmacist, or your local ambulance district.

Find help with addiction by contacting: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA’s National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357) www.samhsa.gov

 

 

 

 

Signs of Overdose

If someone has signs of an overdose, call 911:

  • Pale face, clammy to the touch
  • Body goes limp
  • Fingernails or lips have a blue or purple color
  • Start vomiting or making gurgling noises
  • Cannot be awakened or are unable to speak
  • Breathing or heartbeat slows or stops

 

Paternity & Relationships

Posted by Rita Martin

In law, paternity is the legal or biological relationship between a child and his or her biological father. Paternity law deals with the rights and obligations of both the biological or natural father and the child to each other as well as to others.

Paternity law involves the legal recognition of a child's biological father, typically established through genetic test. Each state has its own legal forms and requirements for establishing paternity. A paternity suit is often filed by the mother of a child seeking child support from the father. If you feel you may have fathered a child and wish to pursue paternal acknowledgement, contact ODACS/Edgar Medical at 888-528-5781

It is optimal to test not only the child and suspected father, but also the mother’s DNA to make the proper indentify possible. Today it is possible to take test specimens in multiple locations to send to one lab for identification. If mother and child are in one state and suspected father is court ordered to test even though he lives 6 states away, the test can be conducted locally and sent to lab.

Every state is different in their determination of the law. It is always best to seek out your particular state’s law on maternal, paternal and grandparental rights

If you are a grandparent that wishes to have visitation rights, see the follow site for information that will help. http://www.grandparents.com/family-and-relationships/grandparents-rights/grandparent-rights-guide

If you have questions about siblingship and feel you may have found a possible match, we can verify through zero relationship or 99.9% positive results with DNA testing.

DNA tests for one child, father and mother are currently on sale through the month of August 2015 for $325 when testing in our facility.

www.odacsinc.com 573-4341-6290 or toll free 888-528-5781

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