A Letter from the HHS Partnership Middle Director
The information is in and, as many would have anticipated, the COVID-19 pandemic was skilled with specific hardship amongst these with substance use problems. In 2020, the speed of drug overdose deaths accelerated and elevated 31% from the 12 months earlier than – normally from opioids – but in addition more and more from the usage of multiple drug on the similar time, or poly substance use. (1)
At present is Worldwide Overdose Prevention Consciousness Day and the HHS Federal Drug Administration has launched its Overdose Prevention Framework outlining the company’s method to the overdose disaster because it continues to evolve.
As a religion or group chief you realize that the street to restoration from habit is lived out in group the place challenges to sustaining sobriety are most frequently encountered- whether or not it’s entry to well being care providers, restoration assist teams, employment, or in assembly housing and different primary wants.
Across the nation, religion and group members are saving folks from dying of overdoses, connecting them to remedy and restoration assist applications, bringing restoration to the lives of people and households who’ve suffered the implications of habit, and are strengthening the resilience of youthful generations.
To additional encourage these efforts, the HHS Partnership Middle has launched its newly revised Sensible Toolkit for Stopping Drug Overdose and Supporting Restoration in Religion and Group Settings as a information for the sensible actions communities can take to assist these searching for freedom from habit and the restoration of their lives and livelihoods.
And, this 12 months, the toolkit has been translated into Spanish to be used by leaders serving Spanish-speaking congregations and communities.
We stay grateful in your efforts in communities across the nation to handle this disaster. Thanks for being an agent of hope and a beacon of sunshine to those that want you most in your communities.
Rev. Dr. Que English
Director, The Middle for Religion-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
U.S. Dept. Well being and Human Providers