solutions to Nevada’s
The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Nevada is an organization of leaders from across our state working to combat prescription opioid abuse and ensure communities have access to effective resources to fight addiction.
In 2016, there were opioid-
related overdose deaths in Nevada –
many of those related to illicit opioids like
heroin and fentanyl. From 2011 to 2016, heroin-related overdose deaths in Nevada doubled.
The crisis is impacting every community
in our state.
RALI Nevada is working to change that reality.
Our first collective effort will be on the safe
disposal of unused prescription medicines.
We are also committed to engaging on a broad range of solutions involving prevention, access to treatment information and recovery.
Organizations across the state are working to make a difference and save lives in Nevada.
Learn more about these RALI Nevada partners by clicking on the images below.
Have an organization, event or individual in your community making a difference in the fight against opioid misuse? Let us know by filling out a short form.
LEADERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Everyone can play a role in helping prevent addiction from prescription drug misuse by safely using, storing and disposing of prescription medications.
Always talk to your doctor about how to use a prescription medication before taking it.
Be sure to follow dosing recommendations closely.
Don't mix medications without first checking with your doctor.
Never mix prescription opioids with alcohol.
Don’t take someone else’s medication.
Always keep prescription medications in a locked or secure place – and always out of the reach of children.
Have a family conversation about the dangers of misusing prescription medication.
Never share medications with family members.
Once you are finished using a prescription medication as directed by a medical professional, you should safely dispose of it rather than keep it in your medicine cabinet for future use.
There are several ways to easily and safely dispose of unused medications right at home. Learn more below.
SAFE USE & DISPOSAL
One of the best things we can all do to help address Nevada’s
addiction crisis is to safely dispose of unneeded
prescription medications. There are several options:
You can use household materials to dispose of your unused medications. All you have to do is mix your medicines with kitty litter or old coffee grounds in an airtight container and dispose of it in your trash can.
You can use a home disposal kit – you’ll put unused medications in the included pouch, add water, seal and dispose of it in the trash.
Increase in fatigue or drowsiness
Rapid weight loss
Frequent constipation or nausea
Decline in personal hygiene
Wearing long sleeves regardless of the season
If someone you know has started misusing opioids,early intervention is important. Learning the warning signs of opioid addiction can help protect your family, friends and communities.
Physical and behavioral changes could indicate someone is misusing prescription opioids or illegal drugs, like heroin or fentanyl.
Common signs of opioid misuse:
Unexplained absences from school or work
Drop in grades or performance at work
Loss of interest in hobbies
Spending less time with friends or family
Hanging out with a new friend group
Indicators in the Home:
Missing prescription medication
Empty pill bottles
Paraphernalia, such as syringes, shoe laces or rubber hose, kitchen spoons, aluminum
foil, straws, lighters
Spotting warning signs in teenagers can be particularly hard because young people go through many emotional and physical changes.
If you suspect a loved one is misusing opioids, there are resources that can help you prepare for a conversation with them. It’s also important to talk to your family doctor about prevention and treatment options.