Opioids and our Community

Together we can stop opioid misuse from stealing lives.

"You have the power to save a life."

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., with opioid addiction or misuse driving this epidemic. The Georgia Department of Public Health reports from 2019-2021, the total number of opioid-related overdose deaths increased 101%, from 853 to 1,718.

Opioids include not only the illegal drug heroin, but also prescription pain relievers, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and others.

Pain relief is most commonly cited as the reason for misuse of opioids, and close to half of those people who misused got the drugs from a family member or friend. It is critical to safely secure all medication by locking it away or disposing of medications at drop box locations to prevent accident, theft, or misuse. You can also destroy unwanted drugs at home using the Deterra drug deactivation system.

Camden Connection has lockboxes and samples of Deterra at our office, 531 N. Lee Street, Kingsland, GA 31548. Contact Megan Molix

Signs that someone is misusing and/or is addicted:

  • Use of opioids even when it harms them.
  • Crave opioids intensely.
  • May show changes in behavior, such as drowsiness, isolation, or financial trouble.
Ready to overcome opioid misuse?

Despite denial, getting help as soon as possible is crucial for recovery. If you or a loved one is ready to seek assistance for an addiction, the first step is to find a physician or other health professional who can help. Call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225, available 24/7. Also, speak with your doctor about alternatives to opioid pain medication to prevent potential misuse.

Prescription opioids can be deadly. Overdose slows breathing, harming the brain and potentially leading to death.

In Case of Overdose…
  • Call 911
  • Give Naloxone
  • Stay Until Help Arrives

It’s OK to call 911

Georgia’s Good Samaritan Law protects anyone who is calling 911 in cases of opioid, alcohol, and other drug overdoses.

One spray can save a life

In Georgia, you can purchase naloxone from your pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription. Naloxone is a drug that can save lives from opioid overdose with one spray. Consider keeping naloxone in your first aid kit.

Know your location Rx drop off

You can safely dispose of unused medication in drop-off boxes at your local sheriff’s office and other locations:

  • RX drop off

    Camden County
    Sheriff’s Office

    209 E. 4th Street
    Woodbine, GA 31569

  • RX drop off

    Brantley County
    Sheriff’s Office

    95 John Wilson Street
    Nahunta, GA 31553

  • RX drop off

    Glynn County
    Sheriff’s Office

    1812 Newcastle Street
    Brunswick, GA 31520

  • RX drop off

    Glynn County
    Police Department

    157 Public Safety Boulevard
    Brunswick, GA 31525

  • RX drop off

    CVS Pharmacy Medicine
    Disposal Box

    30 Market Street
    St. Simons Island, GA 31522

  • RX drop off

    Glynn County Police,
    St. Simons Island Precinct

    1965 Demere Road
    St. Simons Island, GA 31522