More than 1,500 Iowans visited the emergency room in 2014 because of opioid use, including 42 people who died from overdoses, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. The number of Iowa drug overdose deaths – a majority of which are related to prescription medications – more than quadrupled from 2005 to 2014.
YSS, a leading youth-serving organization providing prevention, treatment and transition programs and services to children, youth and families across Iowa, is helping to raise awareness of the growing issue of mental and/or substance abuse and celebrating those in treatment and long-term recovery, throughout September during National Recovery Month.
“Mental health and substance abuse are issues that do not discriminate, impacting Iowans in urban and rural communities, and of every age, race and socio-economic status,” said YSS CEO Andrew Allen. “However, there is hope. We all have potential to make a difference and be visible, vocal and valuable in helping our neighbors and loved ones find the help they need, and spread the message that recovery is possible.”
In support of National Recovery Month, YSS is sponsoring and participating in a variety events in communities it serves, including working with county and city officials on proclamation signings. (For a full list of these events, visit www.youthstandingstrong.org/recoverymonth.)
YSS provides a comprehensive approach to providing substance abuse prevention in schools and communities, as well as substance abuse and mental health treatment to children and youth, with support and services also available to serve the entire family. For more information about YSS, visit www.youthstandingstrong.org.
National Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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