The prevalence of substance use disorder is on the rise. Globally, the misuse of alcohol results in approximately 2.5 million deaths each year.1 Strikingly, 5.6 percent of the global population aged 15-64 used drugs at least once in 2016, resulting in 27 million opioid use disorders.2 In 2017, more than 72,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses
— that's nearly 200 people every day.3
As the next generation of leaders in health care, it's up to us to change these outcomes. It's time to Recover Hope.
The Recover Hope Campaign promotes the awareness, prevention, and treatment of substance use disorders and aims to improve the lives of 50,000 people affected by substance use disorders by April 2020. To do this, the Open School network will focus on four key action areas: changing the narrative, saving lives from overdose, improving pain management, and reforming university curricula.
This crisis can be counted in numbers
— but also in stories. The Recover Hope Campaign is tackling the issue from the ground up, first by working to change the narrative on substance use disorders to decrease shame and stigma.
Campaign leaders share why they're participating in this powerful video:
Take Action with our Community of Change Agents
From April 15 to May 15, individuals and teams across the Open School network are taking part in the Change the Narrative Challenge, a competition across our network to get 20,000 people to commit to using person-first and recovery-focused language. We hope you'll join us!
Interested in long term engagement, too? Here are a few additional ways to get involved in the Recover Hope Campaign:
- Global status report on alcohol and health. World Health Organization. 2011. https://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/
- World Drug Report 2018. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. June 2018. https://www.unodc.org/wdr2018/prelaunch/
- Vital Statistics Rapid Release: Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics. October 2018. https://www.cdc.gov/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm