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1. Opiates refer to natural or slightly modified components of opium such as codeine, morphine and heroin.
2. Opioids were originally used for synthetic opiates such as Oxycontin and Fentanyl, but now are used for the entire class of drugs.
3. With more than 175 Americans dying per day due to drug overdoses, an article published in the January 2018 edition of USA Today reported that if this epidemic continues, by 2020 it could claim this many lives:
4. People who are addicted to opioid painkillers are how many more times likely to become addicted to heroin?
5. 42% of opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. were among those ages 45 and over.
6. Many health experts say that opioid addiction differs from other addictions because it is considered to be a disease.
7. Prescription opioids include:
8. How do people misuse drugs?
9. Younger people are at a high risk for overdoses because they are more likely to seek solutions for serious pain.
10. Even a trace amount of opiate residue, literally the size of one grain of salt, can kill.
11. The key symptom(s) referred to as the “opioid overdose triad” are:
12. Naloxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat opioid overdose.
13. Naloxone blocks opioid receptor sites, which reverses the toxic effects of the overdose.
14. Families whose loved ones die from opioid overdoses may experience more complicated forms of grief, some of which are:
15. Why is this grief different from grief that is experienced by those whose loved one didn’t die from a drug overdose?
16. To minimize risk to the funeral home staff, anyone who has direct contact with a deceased drug user should maintain high standards of personal hygiene and use universal precautions in the prep room.
17. Universal precautions include, but are not limited to:
18. When a funeral home arranges funeral or memorial services for someone who died from an opioid overdose, staff must be alert for potential safety hazards, such as:
19. In maintaining a safe funeral home environment, education is key to help employees understand the dynamics of opioid addiction and how to recognize its symptoms.
20. It is important to educate embalmers on potential hazards of opiate residue and require the use of universal precautions.
21. Educating families about grief is very important, and some ways to do so are:
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