Overdose is a very serious risk with taking prescription pain pills, whether you get them from your doctor or not. In Multnomah County, deaths from opioid overdose occurred more than twice a week in 2014. Deaths represent only a fraction of the overdoses that occur. Ambulances responded to opioid overdoses in Multnomah County more than a dozen times per week in 2014.
If you or someone in your life is at risk of overdose from opioids, see the Preventing Overdose page to learn how you can help save a life.