Following recent narcotics arrests in Reno, local law enforcement warns citizens to be on the watch for loved ones who may be suffering repercussions from it.
Recently, arrests were made in Reno and San Francisco relating to a major distribution source for prescription opioids, and local law enforcement is concerned about community education to detect signs of addiction and withdrawal for those who may have been getting prescription pills from the dismantled distribution source.
Possible repercussions following the arrests include: Increase of individuals detoxing and a craving for the drugs, increase in doctor shopping, increase in heroin use, and increases in overdoses in the long-term when they lose their tolerance if they’re abstaining while they find a new dealer.
The local law enforcement agencies suggest everyone in the area educate themselves and their families about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse and where to seek help. Signs of possible drug abuse and withdrawal include: restlessness, agitation, sudden change in behavior; poor judgement, confusion and memory problems; and nausea, vomiting, sweating, dry mouth and seizures.
Agencies recommend the YouTube video “Chasing the Dragon, the Life of an Opiate Addict” for more drug abuse symptoms and impact information.
If anyone is, or knows someone who is, in immediate crisis of having thoughts of hurting themselves or others call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately.
For information on drug abuse symptoms and local resources, contact the Drug Abuse Hotline at 775-825-4357.
“Being addicted isn’t a crime, call for help before it becomes a crime,” said Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong.
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