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Navigating the Opioid Crisis

Starting in the late 1990s, there was a rapid growth in the use of prescription opioids. Once touted as the non-addictive treatment for pain, these drugs were later found to be highly addictive and often led to widespread misuse, facts minimized by pharmaceutical companies for years. Opioid deaths tripled from 2000 to 2015. 


Attention to this epidemic has focused primarily on White suburban and rural communities. Less attention has focused on Black and brown communities which are similarly experiencing dramatic increases in opioid misuse and overdose deaths. The rate of increase among Black and brown  populations from drug overdose deaths between 2015-2016 was 40 percent compared to the overall population increase at 21 percent. 


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement. 


In 2017 HHS declared a public health emergency and announced a 5-Point Strategy To Combat the Opioid Crisis. That strategy called for:

  • better addiction prediction, treatment, and recovery services
  • better data
  • better pain management
  • better targeting of overdose reversing drugs
  • better research
Community Commons offers the following collection of curated resources to help aid some of those efforts as well as highlighting the effects of this crisis on families and communities.


Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

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Our Need for a National Resilience Strategy
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
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Pain Management at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
Story - Video
Brought to you by Montage Health
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Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
Resource - Guide/handbook
Published on 11/07/2017
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The Journey from Pain in the Nation to Healing the Nation
Resource
Brought to you by National Civic League
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Addressing Opioid Crisis in the United States
Resource - Report
Brought to you by IHI
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Prescribe Safe: Combating Opioid Abuse
Story - Written
Brought to you by 100MHL


Data Resources

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Tennessee Drug Overdose Dashboard
Tool
Brought to you by Tennessee Department of Health
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Virginia Department of Health Data Portal
Tool
Brought to you by Virginia Department of health
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Staff Pick!
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Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Suicide an the Millennial Generation - a Devastating Impact
Resource - Policy Brief
Brought to you by Well Being Trust
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Opioid Trends Across Washington State
Resource
Brought to you by University of Washington
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Opioid Survey Data Report [April – September 2019]
Resource - Report
Brought to you by North Sound ACH
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Addressing Data and Information Gaps Contributing to Opioid Use Disorder
Resource - Policy Brief
Brought to you by Network for Excellence in Health Innovation


Pain Management Alternatives and Access to Overdose-Reversing Drugs

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Behavioral Health Administration: Naloxone
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Brought to you by Maryland Department of Health Behavioral Health Administration
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Pain Management at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
Story - Video
Brought to you by Montage Health
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Indiana Naloxone Administration Heatmap
Tool - Data/mapping Tool
Brought to you by State of Indiana
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A Health Breakthrough that Depends on People, Not Drugs
Story - Written
Brought to you by Yes! Magazine
Published on 01/01/2020
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Bright Spot: Project Nazarus/Naloxone
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Opioid Medication & Pain: What You Need to Know
Resource - Fact Sheet
Brought to you by WHA
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Prescribe Safe: Combating Opioid Abuse
Story - Written
Brought to you by 100MHL


Opioid Crisis Effects on Family and Community

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For The Babies Of The Opioid Crisis, The Best Care May Be Mom’s Recovery
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
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Growing Accessibility of Opioids in Rural Areas
Story - Original
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 02/21/2017
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Collateral Damage of the Opioid Crisis: Grandparents raising Grandchildren – What They Need and How to Help
Story - Written
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 02/21/2019
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We Are Here: Annie Bennett on First Step Home and the Paradoxes of Life
Story - Written
Brought to you by Community Commons
Published on 01/17/2019
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A Rural Community Decided To Treat Its Opioid Problem Like A Natural Disaster
Story
Brought to you by NPR
Published on 10/28/2018
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Faces of an Epidemic
Story - Written
Brought to you by TNY
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 Related Topics


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Substance Use

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U.S. Opioid Epidemic