Tag Archives: benzodiazepines

What Do You Say to Someone Who Has Lost a Family Member to Overdose?

One of our podcast listeners asked the group for feedback. She recently lost her ex-husband to a drug overdose, leaving their son and daughter devastated by the loss. She wonders what could have gone wrong, and what prevention steps could've altered the outcome. Listen in to this support group as they give their opinions on what likely happened and what could've been done to help. Our hearts go out to Brooke and her family.

Discussion Guide:

Why would someone in a Methadone Treatment Program be so oversedated that they would have trouble staying awake, drooling, be difficult to arouse when sleeping, and awaken in a foul mood and lash out? Is this common with methadone?

What are common substances that will cause a vulnerability to overdose if mixed with Methadone?

What would motivate someone to take another substance on top of Methadone?

What are the signs and symptoms of overdose?

Do you have Narcan available in case of an overdose? Have you trained your family members in its use?

Grief is a normal reaction to loss. One aspect of grief is wondering if you could've or should've done more to prevent the death. Do you think that you can do something to prevent an overdose? What would you recommend to others?

Supplemental Reading:

SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Toolkit, http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA14-4742/Overdose_Toolkit.pdf

Overdose Awareness and Use of Naloxone Test, http://www.opiatesupportgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Overdose-Awareness-and-Use-of-Naloxone-Test.pdf

SCARE ME, http://www.opiatesupportgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/SCARE-ME.pdf

Counterfeit Drugs and the Dangers of Mixing Benzo’s and Opioids

Did you know that 30% of opioid overdose deaths involve benzodiazepines? Benzo's such as Xanax and Valium increase the risk of overdose. If that wasn't bad enough, we're hearing of fake Xanax and other medications.  People have died of fentanyl laced Xanax. Gangs are moving away from selling cocaine and heroin to focus on health products. The risk is low and profits are high. Listen to this support group discuss the risks of benzodiazepines, and the new danger of counterfeit drugs.

Discussion Guide:

Benzodiazepines and opioids are not a good mix. If you take a medication such as Methadone or Suboxone, you put yourself at medical risk of harm if you combine it with a benzo.

Have you mixed the two classes of drugs?

Did you take both for legitimate reasons and use it as prescribed, or did you misuse them?

Have you known people who have overdosed from this mix?

Have you had experience with counterfeit pills?

How would you know whether you were given the real thing, or a dangerous mix?

Supplemental Reading:

Anna Almendrala, This Prescription Drug Is Implicated In Almost a Third of All Opioid Overdose Deaths, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opioid-overdoses-combination-benzodiazepine_us_58c83e16e4b01c029d76f5ad

Dennis Thompson, Fake Xanax Can Be A Killer, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fake-xanax-can-be-a-killer/

Drug Treatment Center Finder, Fentanyl-Laced Xanax Deadly Street Drug, Authorities Warn, http://www.drugtreatmentcenterfinder.com/fentanyl-laced-xanax-deadly-street-drug/

Sara Ganim, CNN, Pill Presses for Counterfeit Drugs Seized in Record Numbers, http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/17/health/pill-presses-counterfeit-fentanyl/

Lizzie Parry, Fake Drugs Seized in Crackdown on Counterfeit Medicineshttp://www.capitalbay.news/world/842537-fake-drugs-seized-in-%C2%A351.6-million-interpol-crackdown-on-counterfeit-medicines.html