Drug Concerns, Warning Signs, and Immunity Laws

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    Opioid Crisis Strategies

    The opioid crisis within our community continues with no significant reduction in overdose rates observed. This crisis does not discriminate and continues to negatively impact all types of individuals, families, businesses and communities.

    Signs of Opioid Addiction:

    • Missing opioid medications
    • Indifference and lack of engagement
    • Dramatic mood changes
    • Falling in and out of sleep
    • Changes in friends, normal routine, hobbies and activities
    • Unusual risk taking
    • Changes in maintaining relationships, employment or problems in school

    Lock, Monitor, Take Back:

    • Lock – Keep your opioid medications out of sight and in a safe, secure location
    • Monitor – Keep track of your opioid medications, do not share them and take only as directed
    • Take Back – Take back or drop off unused opioid medications at the following locations   
      • Grand Forks Police Department 122 S 5th St, Grand Forks
      • Walls Medical Center 708 S Washington St, Grand Forks
      • Walls Healthmart 4440 S Washington St, Grand Forks
      • Thrifty White #81 1395 S Columbia Rd #C, Grand Forks
      • Altru Retail Pharmacy 1208 S Columbia Rd, Grand Forks
      • UND Student Health Pharmacy 2891 2nd Ave N Stop 9038, Grand Forks
      • Altru Family Medicine Center 1380 S Columbia Rd, Grand Forks
      • Inspire Pharmacy 360 Division Ave, Grand Forks
      • Thrifty White 2475 32nd Ave S, Grand Forks

      Harm Reduction:

      • If you or someone you know is impacted by opioid addiction
        • Never use alone in case of an accidental overdose

        • Have access to Naloxone available at most Pharmacies including Inspire Pharmacy located at 360 Division Ave. Suite 100 Grand Forks, ND.

        • Use clean water, sterile needles and properly dispose of them to prevent the spread of other diseases such as HIV/HCV

        • SEEK HELP – TREATMENT WORKS!  Find free addiction information, resources and assistance by calling 211, going online at prevention.nd.gov/stopoverdose, or contacting Northeast Human Service Center at 151 S. 4th St. Suite 401 Grand Forks, ND 701-795-3000 

      Signs of an Overdose:

      • Face is clammy to touch and/or has lost color
      • Vomiting or gurgling noises present
      • Body is limp, fingernails may have a blue or purple tinge
      • Sleep is deep, cannot be awaken and/or unresponsive to pain stimuli
      • Difficulty speaking and/or not able to communicate
      • Breathing and/or heartbeat is slow or has stopped

      Responding to an Overdose:

      • Don’t run or waste time. The ND Good Samaritan Law protects you if you stay and cooperate
      • Administer Naloxone if available
      • Call 911 immediately even if Naloxone was administered and it seemed to work
      • Follow Dispatcher’s instructions
      • Do rescue breathing and/or chest compressions as trained or instructed if required
      • Remain onsite until assistance arrives and cooperate with first responders 

      Drug and Alcohol Immunity:  

      Drug overdoses have been occurring more and more in our region. It was recently reported that an overdose victim was left in a hospital parking lot in our region. The Grand Forks Police Department wants you to know that there are protections in state law if you assist an individual suffering a drug overdose. Remember what is important here…..Saving a Life.

       

      Immunity from criminal prosecution is granted if a citizen seeks medical assistance for another who is in need of emergency medical assistance due to a drug overdose. To qualify you must:

      • Remain on scene until assistance arrives.
      • Cooperate with the medical treatment.
      • And the overdosed individual must be in need of emergency medical services.

      Immunity does not only apply to drug overdoses.  There is also immunity for someone suffering from over consumption of alcohol. To qualify you must:

      • Provide assistance to the intoxicated subject until emergency medical services arrive.
      • Remain on scene until assistance arrives.
      • Cooperate with the medical treatment.

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