The Jackson County Health Department’s goal is to educate on opioid use and current resources, increase the availability of life-saving efforts, and partner with local organizations and residents. Our highest priority is working alongside local organizations in hopes to not duplicate efforts but to expand on the ones already in Jackson County.
An opioid can be a prescription drug, often referred to as painkillers, or an illicit substance, such as heroin. Since 2000, opioid overdose deaths have grown ten-fold in Michigan. This epidemic impacts thousands of Michiganders and their families, friends, and communities. It’s one of the greatest public health crises.
In 2017, over 2,000 federal lawsuits were filed against opioid distributers and manufacturers. These lawsuits ended in settlements that include monetary payments. A small percentage of these funds from these settlements were awarded to Jackson County for prevention, education, and recovery services.
Physicians prescribe medication to individuals for specific medical conditions. It is never a good idea to share medication or keep it where it can be accessed by others. For more information on how to safely store drugs and where you can dispose of medicines see the Drug Free Jackson Safe Use, Storage, and Disposal Flyer.
The Jackson County Health Department is providing drug disposal bags that can be used for pills, liquids, or patches. To learn more about the bag and how to request one call 517-867-1358.
Narcan is a medicine that can reverse an opioid overdose as it blocks the effects of the opioid and restores breathing. Many pharmacies in Jackson provide narcan without a prescription and narcan vending machines are located around the City of Jackson. Drug Free Jackson has compiled a complete list of locations.