With all the news about COVID-19, the economic recession, and the upcoming elections in November, it can be hard to remember how prevalent the opioid epidemic still is in the United States. Data from 2018 shows that about 128 people die every day from an opioid overdose.
There is also stigma surrounding those with Substance Use Disorders. This may lead those living with an addiction to hide their problem and not seek the help they need to recover.
Luckily, there are a number of initiatives that are pushing for opioid overdose awareness, while trying to end the stigma surrounding recovery from opioid addiction.
Congress Goes Purple
On September 16, members of Congress came together for the second annual Congress Goes Purple day of action. In commemoration of National Recovery Month, members of Congress from both parties partnered with The Faces and Voices of Recovery to highlight awareness of the opioid epidemic, and to educate about resources forthose who need help and those in recovery. Throughout the month, congress members from across the country made virtual and in-person appearances to show support for those in recovery.
Tackling Opioid Addiction
American Technology Company Leidos has teamed up again with the Baltimore Ravens for the second Tackling Opioid Addiction campaign. For each tackle the Ravens make during the regular season, “Leidos and the Ravens will donate $50 towards the purchase of drug disposal packets and supporting Baltimore-area nonprofit organizations united in the fight to keep communities safer and healthier.” In addition, the groups will donate $1,000 every time the Ravens make an interception or force a fumble.
Back to Life West Virginia
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has launched Back to Life–a campaign similar to Congress Goes Purple–which aims to connect those living with addiction to treatment services, and help end the stigma surrounding opioid use and recovery. The initiative’s website features stories from those in recovery and links to treatment centers throughout the state. There is also an important page noting that the correct term for those struggling is Opioid Use Disorder, not opioid addiction or prescription drug abuse.
Leave Behind Toledo
The fire and rescue crews in Toledo, OH have closely monitored an uptick in opioid overdoses in the city. As such, the department has launched the $20,000 Leave Behind Initiative, in which the crews will supply the opioid overdose reversing drug Naloxone to service providers and individuals in need.
If you or a loved one are struggling with Opioid Use Disorder, there is help. At Amatus Recovery Centers across the country, we offer the full continuum of addiction-related care, from medical detox, to residential treatment, to outpatient aftercare. To learn which level of care is the best for you, call an admissions specialist today at 10-593-0005.
Addiction is treatable and recovery is possible.