Be Responsible - Opioid Misuse and Abuse Awareness

Did you know? One person dies every 19 minutes from an opioid prescription overdose. 

It takes one pill to start an addiction. It takes one person to make a difference. 

Here are some simple tips to protect you and those around you: 

  • Keep your prescription drugs safely secured and stored. Your bathroom cabinet may not be safe. Investing in a small safe protects you and your visitors.

  • Take your prescription drugs as prescribed on the label.

  • Know the signs of an overdose and make sure someone knows you are taking prescription medications. Keep a list in your wallet or purse to alert medical professionals when necessary.

  • Dispose of your old/unused prescription drugs in an environmentally-safe manner:

    • Use the disposal box at the Bartlesville Police Department or Popkess Pharmacy in Dewey

    • DO NOT flush the medications–very few are safe for the environment

    • Take special precautions if you must throw them in the trash

  • Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of Naloxone to reverse a drug overdose.

  • Avoid mixing antibiotics, anxiety medications, and alcohol. The interaction may be fatal.

Additional Resources

  • - How to recognize when a child might be using drugs and how to get help and advice through the Partnership for Drug Free Kids.

Click here to view and download our brochure about opioid and prescription drug misuse and abuse.

You can participate in prevention efforts to affect change, here's how: 

The Cherokee Nation - WCWI SPF-PFS Project focus is prevention of prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons ages 12 to 25 and underage drinking among persons ages 12 to 20. The goal of the initiative is to reduce the negative consequences of substance abuse, specifically prescription drug misuse and abuse, through a community-based prevention strategy utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework.

Our objectives include:

  • Reduce & prevent substance abuse-related problems in Washington County communities

  • Build prevention capacity and infrastructure throughout our communities

  • Develop a replicable, sustainable Strategic Prevention Framework

  • Increase volunteer pool & local financial support

  • Build additional relationships in the community and/or strengthen already established relationships

  • Increase participation in the WCWI’s Strategic Prevention Framework/Anti-Drug Network monthly meetings

  • Provide outreach presentations and materials to local agencies, clubs, and businesses

Project Assets and Products: