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Opioid overdoses on the rise in Michigan

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Posted at 12:46 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 12:46:33-04

LANSING, Mich. — State health officials said Wednesday that opioid overdoses have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are resources to help.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release there was a 33 percent increase in overdoses between April and May. Emergency medical services saw their responses to opioid overdoses increase across all age groups except 65 years and older.

“Opioid overdoses kill far too many Michiganders, and it’s a double tragedy that the pandemic has exacerbated this crisis,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief deputy for health and chief medical executive, said in the release.

The MDHSS released this list of resources for those who need help or know someone who does:

If you or someone you know would like to seek treatment for opioid use disorder:

If you or someone you know is in recovery:

  • Reach out with a phone call, text or email to let him or her know you are there. Model good coping behaviors yourself.
  • Share the COVID-19 hotline number (888-535-6136) and tell them to press “8″ for free emotional support counseling.
  • Direct them to Michigan.gov/StayWell for a list of other help lines, including a peer “warm line” for individuals in distress who want to talk to someone who understands substance use disorders, the National Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
  • Call 211. Anyone struggling or seeking resources for substance use treatment services can call this free service that connects Michigan residents with health resources in their communities.

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