Heroin Bulletin 

Terms Used Inside the Opioid Epidemic

  Opiate: Drugs derived directly from the opium poppy, including morphine. Opioid: Typically refers to synthetic or partially synthetic drugs designed to imitate the effects of opiates, including painkillers such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and fentanyl. Opioids and opiates act on opioid receptors in the brain. They can affect parts of the brain that control emotion and pain perception, and can produce euphoria, or a “high.” Long-term use can alter brain functioning. Heroin: An opioid drug derived from morphine. It can be injected, snorted or smoked. Fentanyl: A potent synthetic opioid…

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School Nurse’s Room: Tylenol, Bandages and an Antidote to Heroin

At every school in New Rochelle, just north of the Bronx, in Westchester, there is a locked medicine cabinet in the nurse’s office, stocked with things like EpiPens for allergic reactions, inhalers for asthma, Tylenol for aches and pains. Now, those cabinets also include naloxone, an antidote for people who are overdosing on opioids like heroin. Given as an injection or a nasal spray, naloxone can quickly revive someone who is not breathing. The city keeps it in every nurse’s office, including in its elementary schools. “We have it the…

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