Opioid Misuse Prevention

Opioid Misuse impacts everyone in our community. In fact most local people in recovery got their first prescription opioid from their friends or family.

Of those 18-27 year old Alaskans who reported using heroin 96% also reported misusing prescription opioids. We believe that by preventing prescription opioid misuse in youth we can then prevent heroin use in our teens and young adults.

What can you do to protect yourself, your family and our community?

  • Dispose of your unused prescription opioids.

Our community has many year round Drug Take Back Collection sites such as the Fairbanks and North Pole Police Department. See our rack card for the most up to date list.

  • Store your opioids safely and securely.

Consider adding a lock to a cabinet in your home, or purchase a locking device.

  • Talk with your medical provider if you are prescribed an opioid.

Check out our information tool, " Treating Pain: What Alaskans Should Know" to learn about questions to bring up if you are prescribed an opioid.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to opioids, there is help. See the Fairbanks Area resources or call the Careline 877-266-HELP or text 4help to 839863.