The Opioid Overdose Crisis

The opioid overdose crisis is serious, widespread, and tragic. According to the CDC:

  • From 1999 to 2019, there were almost 500,000 opioid overdose deaths.
  • Over 70% of drug overdose deaths in 2019 involved an opioid.
  • Opioid-involved death rates increased by over 6% between 2018 and 2019.
  • Synthetic opioid-involved death rates increased by over 15%.

Wasatch Crest’s Executive Director Rich McDonald, CMHC and Primary Therapist Kevin Kirschenmann, LCSW explore the implications of the opioid overdose crisis.

They cover:

  • Rising rates of opioid use, including fentanyl
  • The increase in opioid overdose and deaths
  • The availability of naloxone, an overdose reversal medication
  • Preventing death from opioid overdose

Watch: The Opioid Overdose Crisis


Treatment and Support for Opioid Addiction

Wasatch Crest offers individualized addiction treatment rooted in compassion. Reach out to learn more about our inpatient and outpatient programs.

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