Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
LANSING, MICH – To help raise awareness of the dangers of addiction and the growing opioid epidemic, Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed Oct. 21-27, 2018 as Opioid Addiction Awareness Week in Michigan. The opioid epidemic is a public health crisis that is claiming more lives every year than car accidents.
“It’s no secret that Michigan is facing an addiction crisis and we need to do everything we can to combat this deadly issue,” said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. “We are working hard to amplify efforts focused on prevention, treatment, education and enforcement of over-prescribers but we need to do more. In order to have more second chances and fewer funerals, we need to take our efforts to the next level and that is what Opioid Addiction Awareness Week is all about.”
The opioid crisis is a public health epidemic in Michigan and across the U.S., contributing to addiction, overdose emergencies and deaths.
“The nation’s opioid crisis impacts all areas of Michigan – including urban, suburban and rural communities – all ages including young people and older Michiganders, and is unprejudiced in its reach and devastation,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “But the good news is that there is hope for those struggling with addiction and through the collaborative efforts by the State of Michigan, assistance through strategies such as the Naloxone Standing Order are now available to residents statewide to help save the lives of loved ones.”
The state is using every available tool to combat the opioid epidemic. State agencies are collaborating to advance Michigan’s efforts related to fight this crisis. Efforts include:
Opioid Addiction Awareness Week efforts can be followed on social media using the hashtag #MIOpioidsAwareness
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