Frequently asked questions

Quick answers to the most common questions.

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Is UROHC a medical Resource?

The Utah Rural Opioid Healthcare Consortium (UROHC) does not act as an independent medical resource in terms of diagnosis and treatment. This is an advocacy and educational resource intended to bring healthcare providers of rural Utah together to share information with eachother and the patients our organizations serve.

Does UROHC provide referrals to treatment?

UROHC does not provide medical consultation or referrals to treatment. However, you can find information about places to go for assessment, referrals, and treatment here on UtahOpioids.org.

Opioid Questions

 

Where do opioids come from?

The opioid class of drugs originates in the opium poppy plant. Today, there are three common types of opioids: natural opioids, synthetic opioids, and semi-synthetic opioids. 

Are Opiates and Opioids the same thing?

While these two words are sometimes used interchangeably, they do mean different things

 

Opiates: refers to only the natural occurring chemicals of opioids

  • Example: Morphine

Opioids:  refers to the natural, synthetic, and semi-synthetic opioids

  • Example: Morphine (Natural) , Fentynal (Synthetic), Oxycodone (Semi-synthetic)

 

How do opioids affect the brain? 

 

Opioids activate what are known as Opioid Receptors on nerve cells. Because opioids act on these receptors, they result in a feeling of “dulled” senses and pain relief. 

 

What leads to Opioid Dependence and Addiction? 

 

As the body begins to build tolerance to the medication, the body will begin to need a higher dose to achieve the same relief from the substance. As this continues, the body adjusts to this regular use of opioids in order to feel “normal,” this is known as dependence. Addiction often occurs after a person has developed both tolerance and dependence, and it can be very hard to overcome. 

What prescription drugs are opioids?

 

There are a wide variety of common opioid drugs that may be prescribed. Always ask your doctor about what risks may come with taking prescribed medication. Visit our Opioids information page to learn about some of the common opioid medications. 

Where can I dispose of my prescription medication?

 

Visit  utahtakeback.org  for information about your nearest prescription take back site!

Naloxone Questions

Is Naloxone available to anyone?

 

In the state of Utah, Naloxone is legal to have and is often available for free at many locations. Types of Naloxone such as Narcan can be available at pharmacies without a prescription from your doctor. We highly encourage attending a Naloxone training to better understand and use the rescue kit in the future. 

Where can I get Naloxone?

 

View this comprehensive map of pharmacies that carry naloxone kit, search for a location near you. 

Can I use Naloxone to reverse other overdoses?

 

Yes! That is the purpose of Naloxone, but administering Naloxone is not enough. Please call 911 and seek immediate medical treatment

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