We Aim to Reach Women Across the Life-Span to Prevent Opioid Misuse And Overdose


Written by Jenna Lynn Bonstein, Preventionist I Are we fed up with the opioid crisis in America? That’s an understatement. We constantly hear about it in the news and we know how it is directly impacting our families. President Trump publicly declared this as a “state of emergency” crisis in the United States. To put this epidemic in relatable terms, approximately every 6.7 hours there was a drug related death in New Jersey, and every 11.2 hours, a heroin-related death occurred. (NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services-2014). Misuse in opioids is exceptionally increasing in our society, especially among women. The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicated that each day approximately 5,750 individuals start their first non-medical use of prescription drugs; of these, fifty-four percent are females. It is proven, women who use opioids progress to dependence more quickly than men. Recently, Wellspring Center for Prevention...

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