The Impact of the Opioid Crisis

The facts are alarming, but there's hope
An individual is now more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than they are from a motor vehicle crash in the United States, according to the National Safety Council.

The odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are now one in 96, and the odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash are one in 103.

Overdose reversal medications, such as Naloxone, are extremely important and access to them is vital to saving lives. Unfortunately, these medications cannot prevent overdoses from occurring. The only way to prevent an overdose from happening in the first place and to prevent future ones is to ensure those battling addiction receive treatment.

But there’s hope. Treatment works. Listen to our director of alumni events and one of our alumni speak to the power of recovery on WBEZ’s The Morning Shift podcast. Treatment is the key to preventing an overdose.

Call 877-505-HOPE (4673)
for a confidential consultation.
Since 1968 our goal has been straightforward: help clients get their life back on track and achieve a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness. A life that is productive, socially responsible, and healthy. Gateway Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the U.S. specializing in substance use disorders for men, women, adolescents and clients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders. Gateway's professional clinicians support over 9000 people a day to successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan to treat the underlying causes of substance use disorder —not just their addiction to drugs or alcohol.


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