In 2017, the opioid epidemic was officially declared a “public health emergency” in the United States.
The devastating effect of this epidemic has been a meteoric rise in overdose deaths.
Overdose death is preventable. With harm reduction strategies, recovery resources and services, and publicly available Narcan trainings, Sheppard Pratt is helping to spread the word about overdose prevention and the risks of opioids.
Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a nasal spray that safely and effectively reverses an opioid overdose. It has been used by doctors and paramedics for decades. It is now available for use by good Samaritans as well.
August 31 is Overdose Awareness Day. On this day, Sheppard Pratt’s Addiction Services team will be hosting Narcan trainings open to the public from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Towson Campus. Register here.
By the Numbers
people die every day from overdoses related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl
adults in the US have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders
people have died of a drug overdose since 1999
only 1 narcan prescription is dispensed for every 70 high-dose opioid prescriptions
adults in the US have struggled with substance use disorders
people die every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids
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