Opioid addiction is killing our neighbors, our friends, our loved ones.
The opioid crisis continues to tear apart homes and communities. It’s a complicated problem, but working together can bring us closer to a solution. Ohio State is united in our efforts to end this epidemic, and we need your help.
Our nation’s opioid epidemic has grown in publicity but not lessened in seriousness. Statistics continue to add up in staggering fashion. The federal government says about 2 million people in the United States are addicted to opioids, including prescription opioids, illicitly manufactured fentanyl, heroin and similar substances. On average, an opioid overdose kills 130 people in our country every day. Nearly 400,000 Americans have died from an opioid overdose in the past two decades, including 4,293 such deaths in Ohio in 2017. That’s the human toll of a crisis that doesn’t discriminate by age, gender, race or economic status.
Dylan Stanley’s stable teenage life shattered in a 2005 car accident that hospitalized her for three months with a fractured neck, back, collarbone and face. In constant pain, she received OxyContin prescriptions over five years. Stanley switched to illicit opioids in 2010 and descended into a heroin addiction that left her a homeless prostitute.
Stanley, now 29, quit heroin in late 2017 upon learning she was pregnant. Now she’s clean, a methadone clinic patient, shares a Columbus apartment with her fiancé and their daughter, Ruby, and helps others battle opioids as director of community outreach for Harm Reduction Ohio.
“There isn’t a standard cut-and-paste junkie,” Stanley says. “It could be anybody.”
For several years, Ohio State has been combating the opioid epidemic by supporting research, funding new ideas and deploying formidable resources for prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery.
Your gift to the Opioid Innovation Fund helps us continue our work to alleviate our nation’s opioid misuse epidemic — and to address the need for mental health promotion and substance use treatment.
Are you staff or faculty? You can make your gift via payroll deduction.