Our community is facing an unprecedented health crisis and our social services and healthcare providers are not equipped to handle the demands being placed upon them. The Foundation of Recovery was developed to provide additional assistance and support in the fight against the opiate epidemic.

Without organizations like the foundation becoming involved, statistics will continue to go in the wrong direction as evidenced below:

Opiod overdose deaths
Opiod overdose deaths in the United States rose by 16% from 2014 to 2015 to 33,091 (1)
becoming dependent
The odds of becoming dependent on opioids increased 37% among 18 to 25-year-olds between 2002 and 2014. (2)
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
There has been a five-fold increase in the number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) from 2000 to 2012 – totaling 21,732 infants in 2012. (3)
highest number of overdose
The State of Ohio has the highest number of overdose deaths with 2,698 – an annual increase of 28%. (4)
Heroin overdoses
Heroin overdoses were more than five times higher in 2014 (10,574) then ten years before in 2004 (1,878). (5)
specialty treatment
Only about 10% of people with a substance use disorder receive any type of specialty treatment. (6)

Additionally, the burden on our health system due to the opiate epidemic is significant:

Annual healthcare costs for opioid abusers
Mean annual direct healthcare costs for opioid abusers was more than 8 times higher than non-abusers ($15,884/year versus $1,830/year)
Emergency Department Visits
People with an opioid use disorder visit the emergency department 12 times more than the typical person.
Hospitalized More Often
People with substance use disorders are hospitalized 5 times more often with associated costs being 23 times higher than the typical patient.

(1) & (2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Vital Statistics System; 2015 National Mortality Database.

(3) Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Associated Health Care Expenditures Patrick, SW et al JAMA. 2012;307(18):1934-1940.
(4) Rudd, R. A., Aleshire, N., Zibbel, J. E., & Gladden, R. M. (2016). Increases in drug and opioid overdose deaths — United States, 2000–2014. MMWR, 64(50), 1378-1382.
(5) Addictive Behaviors Journal, September, 2016. Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health news release, 9-29-16.
(6) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2016). Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed tables. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.