Resources for Professionals:

Death is not the only danger of an overdose. During an opioid overdose, breathing may slow or even stop. This reduces or cuts off oxygen to the brain, which can cause hypoxic or anoxic brain injury, even if the overdose is reversed with Narcan (Naloxone).

While Naloxone saves lives, some statistics show that up to one-third of people revived with Naloxone have needed to use it multiple times, meaning they may also have experienced multiple brain injuries.

Not only does every overdose increase the risk of death, but the chance of lasting damage to the brain increases exponentially.

If you believe your patient or client has experienced an overdose, here are some signs and symptoms of brain injury to look for:

  • Foggy Thinking
  • Dizziness or Disorientation
  • Balance Issues
  • Slower Processing Speeds
  • Judgment Issues
  • Slurred Speech
  • Change or Disruption in Sleep Patterns
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Mood & Personality Problems
  • Memory Issues
  • Trouble Reading/Writing
  • Seizures
  • Vision and Hearing Issues

Opioid misuse may also increase chance of traumatic brain injuries caused by falls, vehicle accidents, blows by/against an object, assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.

If you feel your patient or client may have experienced a brain injury, please refer them to the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona. We’re here to help.

You can also contact us to schedule a complimentary staff training, so that your facility will be better equipped to help those who may need special accommodations due to brain injury.

The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona works with survivors and family members to provide them the guidance and resources they need to navigate life after a brain injury.


Family Support for Addiction

  • Employment Training & Volunteer Opportunities at Re:Start! ReSale Shop
  • Interpersonal Violence Navigator for Those Recovering from Violent Encounters
  • Peer Support for Veterans & Military Family
  • Referrals for Alternative(?) Pain Management
  • Statewide Outreach & Training for Addiction Centers
  • Statewide Brain Injury Survivor Support Groups
  • Virtual Support Group for Families Dealing with Addiction and Brain Injury
  • Training on Addiction & Cognitive Impairment for Professionals, Family Members, & Survivors, with CEUs Available
  • Transportation Passes in Tucson & Phoenix
  • Virtual Educational Opportunities

Free Harm Reduction Tools

Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona has medication lock boxes and Narcan Kits available at no cost — while supplies last!


Please check the items you are interested in —


The Next Frontier for Arizona's Opioid Crisis

Dr. Suzanne O’Connor

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Gina Pollard

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