Many are calling addiction an epidemic in the United States and for good reason. Last year, nearly 10% of the US population used illicit drugs, while binge drinking affected nearly 15%. In 2015, 35,000 people died of an opioid overdose. These numbers can be scary but the Utah Department of Health is taking aim to reduce and eventually eliminate this problem.
They have declared the opioid problem in Utah an “Opidemic” and launched a campaign to promote awareness and resources for those struggling with addiction.
Their website, opidemic.org, explains the serious consequences of opioid use, provides resources to find treatment, illustrates what to do if someone you know has an overdose, and provides hopeful messages from those who are overcoming their own addictions.
These helpful tips offer suggestions on what to do to take action and support this initiative in your communities. While the treatment centers listed on the website are located in Utah, the information is useful for anyone who is struggling or knows someone who is.