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People are becoming "addicted to/dependent on" prescription medications
Opioid misuse is an epidemic in our community
Wake Up Livingston is helping Livingston County discover change

Wake Up Livingston (WUL) is a coalition of community partners working to raise awareness about opioid-related overdose and death in Livingston County. WUL serves all residents, families and providers impacted by opiate use.


In 2017, 29 Livingston residents died of Opioid related causes. About 86 percent of those deaths occurred in Livingston County.

Michigan ranks 10th in the nation for the number of prescriptions for opioid pain relievers, per capita.

The Centers for Disease Control has declared that opioid overdoses have reached epidemic levels across the nation.

More people died from heroin-related causes than from gun homicides in 2015.

Wake Up Livingston is helping Livingston County recover


 Opioids are medications that relieve pain and affect emotions. Hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), morphine (Kadian, Avinza), fentanyl, codeine, generic versions, and related drugs are all opioid medications. Heroin is also an opioid. Both prescription opioids and heroin are addictive. It is possible to overdose on either heroin or prescription opioids. 

What is opioid misuse?

Opioids are useful for managing pain when taken as directed. Opioid misuse is when you don’t take your medication as recommended. This usually means taking more of your medication than recommended or taking it for reasons other than pain management. It can also mean sharing your medication with other people.  

Some people taking opioids become addicted. As someone use more and more, their tolerance increases. This means they have to take more to get the same effect. As tolerance increases people often turn to the black market for prescription drugs or heroin. Long term misuse of opioids is very dangerous.

What are the signs and symptoms

of opioid misuse?

The following may be symptoms of an opioid misuse problem:

  • Euphoria

  • Worry or anxiety

  • Confusion

  • Poor concentration

  • Memory problems

  • Sleepiness

  • Numbness

  • Small pupils

  • Nausea, vomiting

  • Chronic constipation

  • Rashes, itching, flushed skin

  • Slurred speech

  • Trouble breathing

Opioid misuse can lead to a life threatening overdose. Trouble breathing is a sign of opioid overdose.

If someone using opioids is having difficulty breathing and is unconscious call 911 right away.

What should I do if I or someone I know is struggling with opioid misuse?

There is help for those struggling with addiction to opioids and hope for recovery.

  • Treatment services are available and are often covered by health insurance

Learn more about local treatment facilities

  • Peer support is available

Learn more about recovery resources

  • Friends and family concerned about overdose can obtain Naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug

Learn more about Naloxone

  • Properly dispose of extra medication 

Learn more about how to handle and dispose of medication

Need more details? Contact Wake Up Livingston.

We are here to help people get involved in ending the opioid epidemic.

Want to find out more about treatment?

We can help you find your path to recovery.


Page material adapted from the following sources:​

Stepping Stones Engagement Center is a program of Livingston County Community Mental Health and funded by a grant through the Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan.