Public Forum to Address Opioid Addiction & Prevention
The County of Orange Health Care Agency hosted this Opioid Forum in partnership with the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board to bring together people with lived experience, family members, and treatment and community providers together to discuss and learn about a disease that crosses all socioeconomic status. For more information about opioid prevention and treatment resources, visit www.ochealthinfo.com/opioids or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your input. If you have a loved one who’s in need of behavioral health services, call OC Links at 855-625-4657 or live chat online at www.ochealthinfo.com/oclinks.
Drug overdose (poisoning) is now the leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States, causing more deaths than motor vehicle crashes. Opioids – both prescription painkillers and heroin – are responsible for most of those deaths. The number of Californians affected by prescription and non-prescription opioid misuse and overdose is substantial, with rates varying significantly across counties, and even within counties.
In Orange County, the rate of opioid-related emergency department (ED) visits has increased 141% since 2005 and there were 7,457 opioid overdose/abuse cases treated in the ED between 2011 and 2015. Importantly, seven of every 10 overdose deaths investigated by the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner during this five-year period involved opioids. Learn more in the "2017 Opioid Overdose & Death in Orange County” report.
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