The Overdose Phenomena:
• One person dies every 19 minutes from unintentional drug overdose (Paulozzi 2012).
• Pennsylvania is among the ten states with the highest opioid use and overdose rates (Paulozzi 2012).
• For the years 1999—2007, drug-induced deaths (mostly from opiates) were second only to motor vehicle fatalities (CDC, 2010).
• Opioid overdose is preventable and treatable (reversible) through the use of Naloxone (UNODC, 2013).
• Community-based overdose initiatives have demonstrated reduced overdose deaths (Albert 2011).
• Active participation from a coalition of community partners is required for a successful public health campaign (Albert 2011).
• Healthcare professionals and Substance Use Disorder treatment staff are an important part of the recovery community.
Recovery is Possible:
• Pennsylvania is moving toward a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC), an integrated Substance Use Disorder treatment model (PDAC, 2010).
• In a ROSC, treatment and recovery support services are integrated into a single, seamless continuum of care driven by individual needs (PDAC, 2010).
• A better future emerges from the hope that recovery is real (SAMSHA, 2012).
• Family, friends and peers are an essential support network for an individual in recovery.
What is Overdose?
• Definition of Overdose: When a drug is eaten, inhaled, injected, or absorbed through the skin in excessive amounts and injures the body (CDC, 2013).
• Pharmaceuticals are the most common cause for overdose, but overdose can be caused by a variety of (or a combination of) legal and illegal drugs.
• Overdose can result in permanent brain and organ damage, and can result in death.
• In 2010, pharmaceuticals were involved in 57.7% of overdose fatalities, and 24.6% involved only unspecified drugs (Jones, 2010).
"Hope is the thing with feathers."
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