St. Mary's Co. Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness

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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain caused by external force, like a fall. Did you know?

  • People with traumatic brain injuries are at much higher risk for opioid misuse and overdose
  • 70-80% of people with traumatic brain injuries leave inpatient rehabilitation with a prescription for opioids
  • People who have had moderate to severe injuries are 10 times more likely to die from an overdose than those who don’t
  • Opioids can slow or stop your breathing if you take too many – If the brain goes without oxygen for more than 5-6 minutes, a person may sustain an acquired brain injury
TBI Resources

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