Tag Archives: Opioid Epidemic

Ask the Opioid Dependent Patient, Not Law Enforcement, About Incidences of Opioid Overdoses

Law enforcement is not in a position to know how many fatal or near fatal overdoses occur within their jurisdiction. We can’t rely on their statistics for an accurate count of how many people have nearly died. So where do we turn for more accurate figures? To the patients who are dependent upon opioids themselves. Listen in to the opiate recovery support group as they discuss attitudes toward Narcan.

Discussion Guide:

Have you suffered an overdose and been revived with Narcan? If so, were the police notified?

It is reported that a Sheriff in Butler County, Ohio refuses to equip his officers with Narcan. What are his concerns that would prevent him from doing so?

Other law enforcement departments are happy to have Narcan at their disposal. Why would they find it beneficial?

Why would law enforcement not be an accurate source of statistics on fatal or near fatal overdoses?

Supplemental Reading:

Gail Gabbert, Ask the Opioid Dependent Patienthttps://www.opiatesupportgroup.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1166&action=edit

President Trump Declared Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency

President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. More than 140 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. The nation's Public Health Emergency Fund has a current balance of just $57,000. But the opioid crisis is a $14 billion problem, at minimum. Listen in to this opiate recovery support group as they discuss how they would approach the crisis, if they had the funds to do so.

Discussion Guide:

Are you familiar with the declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency? How is a public health emergency different from a national emergency?

What are the pros and cons of this declaration?

If you were in a position to change policy and were given funds to address the crisis, what strategies would you recommend?

Supplemental Reading:

Claude Brodesser-Akner, 7 takeways from Trump's opioids public health emergency: What it really means, http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/10/5_takeaways_from_trumps_public_health_emergency_de.html

Having Problems Getting Into Treatment?

Many people who have an opioid addiction don’t enter treatment. Three-fourths of people who need help don’t get it. There are many reasons for this failure. Listen to a group of people who have been dependent on opiates talk about their experiences finding the right help for them.

Discussion Guide:

Did you have difficulty accessing treatment for your addiction?

If you had problems finding the right treatment for you, where did it go wrong?

Did the stigma about addiction and medication treatment keep you from seeking treatment?

Was your physician knowledgeable about treatment resources and options?

When you were ready to get help, was help immediately available or did you have to wait?

Supplemental Reading:

David Heitz, Opioid Addiction Epidemic: Most Users Are Not Getting Help, But Long-Term Recovery Is Their Best Hope, http://blackbearrehab.com/blog/opioid-addiction-epidemic-users-not-getting-help-long-term-recovery-best-hope/

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator https://www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov/