A Letter from the HHS Partnership Heart Director
The information is in and, as many would have anticipated, the COVID-19 pandemic was skilled with explicit hardship amongst these with substance use issues. In 2020, the speed of drug overdose deaths accelerated and elevated 31% from the yr earlier than – normally from opioids – but additionally more and more from using a couple of drug on the identical time, or poly substance use. (1)
Right now is Worldwide Overdose Prevention Consciousness Day and the HHS Federal Drug Administration has launched its Overdose Prevention Framework outlining the company’s strategy to the overdose disaster because it continues to evolve.
As a religion or neighborhood chief you recognize that the street to restoration from habit is lived out in neighborhood the place challenges to sustaining sobriety are most frequently encountered- whether or not it’s entry to well being care companies, restoration help teams, employment, or in assembly housing and different fundamental wants.
Across the nation, religion and neighborhood members are saving individuals from dying of overdoses, connecting them to therapy and restoration help 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 Heart has launched its newly revised Sensible Toolkit for Stopping Drug Overdose and Supporting Restoration in Religion and Neighborhood Settings as a information for the sensible actions communities can take to help these searching for freedom from habit and the restoration of their lives and livelihoods.
And, this yr, the toolkit has been translated into Spanish to be used by leaders serving Spanish-speaking congregations and communities.
We stay grateful to 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 Heart for Religion-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
U.S. Dept. Well being and Human Providers