Unhealthy substance use is rampant around the world.
Globally, the misuse of alcohol results in approximately 2.5 million deaths
each year.1 In the United States in 2017, more than 72,000 people in died from
drug overdoses — that's nearly 200 people every day.2 Around two-thirds of those
overdose deaths were connected to misuse of prescription or illicit opioids.
Many factors have led to the opioid crisis, including:
incomplete understanding of the biological and psychological underpinnings of
pain by health care systems
Learn more about the context of the opioid epidemic in the
IHI Innovation Report.
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 taking action in this
Open School change agents launched the
Recover Hope Campaign to take action together to address this crisis.
Our vision is a world in which
substance use disorders are not seen as a source of shame but as chronic
diseases that can be prevented, managed, and treated; in which individuals are
free of suffering caused by substance use disorders, communities thrive, and
health care systems serve patients equitably and compassionately.
The Recover Hope
Campaign aims to improve awareness, prevention, and treatment of substance use
disorders to improve the lives of 50,000 people by April 2020.
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- Global status report on alcohol and health. World Health Organization. 2011. https://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/
- 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
Martin L, Laderman M, Hyatt J,
Krueger J. Addressing the Opioid Crisis in the United States. IHI Innovation
Report. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Institute for Healthcare Improvement. April