Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
WHEREAS, the opioid crisis is a public health epidemic in Michigan and across the United States, contributing to addiction, overdose emergencies, and deaths; and,
WHEREAS, opioid use disorder is a chronic health condition that affects tens of thousands of Michiganders, but with treatament, recovery is possible; and,
WHEREAS, the nation’s opioid crisis impacts all areas of Michigan, including urban, suburban, and rural communities, and all ages, and is unprejudiced in its reach and devastation; and,
WHEREAS, deaths from overdose are preventable, and the effective treatment of opioid use disorders can reduce the risk of overdose significantly; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports that of the 2,599 drug overdose deaths in Michigan in 2018, 2036 were opioid-related, a modest decline from 2017, but still more than double the number just five years earlier; and,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim February 24-29, 2020, as Opioid Use Disorder Awareness Week in Michigan.