How COVID-19 is Increasing Overdose Deaths and How Phoenix House is Here to Help
When people hear pandemic today COVID-19 immediately springs to mind. Although this current epidemic is serious and deadly, there is another epidemic that has been taking American lives for far longer. This epidemic- the Opioid Crisis- is worsening in the time of COVID. Before the onset of widespread precautions against COVID-19, the number of overdose deaths were actually decreasing. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) reports overdose deaths are at their highest ever. Approximately 81,230 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States from June 2019 to May 2020. The driving force behind these increasing deaths is lack of access to care.
Preventing overdoses and deaths from overdose means:
- Naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose, if administered in time
- Early detection of overdose outbreaks in communities
- Early interventions for people who are at highest risk for overdose
- Expand prevention and response activities
Phoenix House provides an environment in which change is possible. Our Residential Detox Program in Orange County offers safe withdrawal in an ambulatory setting. Our Recovery Support Staff, Clinical and Medical Team provide around the clock clinically managed residential withdrawal management.
- Access to medical evaluation and consultation
- Withdrawal Management
- Medication Support
- Case management & referrals to aftercare services
- Emotional, Behavioral, and Individualized treatment.
To reach a member of our admissions team to talk more about Residential Detox and Withdrawal Management, please contact us at 714-953-9373.
Phoenix House Orange County does not promote the unlawful use of drugs or alcohol pursuant to Agreement with OC HCA, and as specified in HSC, §11999–11999.3.
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CDC. (2021, May 11). Save Lives Now. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/featured-topics/save-lives-now.html
HAN Archive—00438 | Health Alert Network (HAN). (2020, December 17). http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020/han00438.asp