BANGOR- Have you ever wondered about the warning signs for opioid abuse?
For Husson University students studying to become pharmacists and nurses, painkillers and other opioids are things they’ll be seeing on a daily basis once they get into the medical field.
On Thursday, they participated in a special event to remind them how to properly interact with those prescriptions.
“They’ll be dealing with substance abuse disorder on a regular basis, so it’s important for them to know some of the things that they’ll see and that will be talked about today, signs of abuse how to talk to these patients and those sorts of things,” said Peter McLean, Husson University’s Director of Experiential Education.
But the event wasn’t just about looking out for warning signs of future patients abusing prescription drugs, it was also to make it clear and warn students the prescription writers could also be the prescription abusers.
“With the school of pharmacy, it’s really important that especially when we’re talking about professionals entering the field, medical professionals there’s a lot of stressors in the helping fields. As people get access to medications, one of the things that we are as a western society, we’re a quick fix-it society. Something doesn’t feel right we can drink it, drop it, snort it, pop it, shoot it, toot it and things are different automatically and right away,” said Guy Cousins, the director of Medical Professionals Health Program.
In the event, officials presented attendees who wanted to learn about drug abuse warning signs a makeshift trailer that hid red flags such as soot, foil, burnt spoons, and even needle caps.
And there are dangers for anyone living their life that way.
“Opioids unlike some of the other drugs that can be used, they kill. And that’s one of the biggest reasons we’re putting this on. It’s for awareness. We want people to be aware of what the problem is and hopefully, they can save the life of a loved one,” Cousins said.