Addiction, Overdose, and Behavioral Health
- Addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease, however overdose deaths are preventable with effective life saving intervention.
- Behavioral health and substance abuse providers and staff have a unique point of contact with high risk population.
- Overdose prevention education provides another tool or opportunity to engage with those who abuse drugs, their families, and the community at large.
- It can help build rapport, provides practical tools, and communicates that clients’ lives are valuable and worth saving.
- Individuals in treatment or recovery are at relatively low risk of overdose when they are stabilized, but high risk while medication assisted treatment is being established. They are also at VERY high risk if they resume use at any time.
- The wide-reaching impact that drug abuse and overdose have on our society makes it a significant public health problem that affects those who use drugs, their families and friends, health care providers, public safety, and the community as a whole.