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Drug overdose deaths in the United States have risen exponentially due to sequenced drug surges: 1) prescription opioids, 2) heroin, 3) illicit fentanyl and related analogs, and 4) cocaine and methamphetamine—all used alone or in combination with other drugs. More than 66,000 American lives lost each year to drug overdose have sparked numerous initiatives ranging from increased naloxone availability and medically-supervised injection sites to expansion of addiction treatment resources. The personal stories behind overdose death statistics have helped stir public and professional alarm, but less attention has been given to the question, “What is the subsequent fate of the larger number of people who experience a non-fatal drug overdose?”
National organization aims to increase recovery support services.
Washington, DC- August 13, 2018
For many individuals with substance use disorders, the support of someone who has been there increases their chances of success. Currently, drug overdoses claim 174 lives every day and a powerful new workforce of people in recovery has come forward to use their recovery experience to help others navigate the challenges of early recovery. Evidence of the effectiveness of peer recovery support services is promising. Yet, many states and communities still lack the capacity to implement effective peer recovery support services.
…a movement is afoot that is seeking to put recovery in the wind so that it can penetrate even the most shadowed corners of the richest and poorest communities. The faces and voices of the individuals and families riding this wind are offering a simple but powerful testimony: “We are the evidence that addiction recovery is both possible and sustainable. Hope and healing pushed the sickness and suffering out of our lives. We welcome you and will show you the paths that led to our deliverance…. Recovery is in the wind. Its season has begun. (White, 2013)