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Opioids: What You Should Know

Note: Anyone in need of immediate medical attention should call 911, or immediately go to the nearest emergency department (ER). This information serves only as a guide and might not fully reflect individual needs. Anyone seeking medical advice should consult a physician or other health care professional.

Addiction services as well as a methadone clinic are offered at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. For additional information on substance abuse programs at either location, please call 410-550-6911.

Driven by rising opioid overdoses and deaths, the White House and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. On average, 115 Americans die each day from opioid overdoses — accounting for two-thirds of all overdose deaths.

This health crisis can affect anyone — men, women, all races and almost all ages. Johns Hopkins Medicine’s multipronged approach to the problem includes research and clinical care, as well as new prescribing guidelines that limit doses and prohibit automatic refills.

Training for the next generation of physicians incorporates best practices in pain management and treating and preventing opioid misuse. We have also created centers, clinics and programs, such as the Perioperative Pain Clinic and the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy, and hosted a pain symposium and a congressional hearing on opioids. We operate over a dozen treatment programs to help people who suffer from these disorders.

The resources on this site are designed to promote understanding about opioids, the science of addiction, and how to prevent and treat opioid dependence. As we work to fulfill our mission to improve the health of our community and the world, we hope you find these resources helpful.

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