In 2016, 180 Bucks County residents died from an opioid overdose…and that number is expected to exceed 200 this year. In fact, among all counties in Pennsylvania, Bucks County’s death rate due to overdose among 17 – 25 year olds is the highest of any county in the State of Pennsylvania. In early 2017, BCHIP launched an initiative to address this opioid crisis in Bucks County. Under this initiative, supported by the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, BCHIP functions as a facilitator between hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, in order to offer help and support for people recovering from an overdose.
When people who are suffering from the disease of addiction are taken to the Emergency Room after an overdose they are typically stabilized and then released, and many overdose again, often with fatal consequences.
Through BCHIP’s Opioid Survivors Initiative, Certified Recovery Specialists (CSRs), individuals who are in recovery from the disease of addiction and are now employed by drug and alcohol rehabilitation organizations, go into the hospital to talk to patients that have been stabilized after an overdose and who are ready to be discharged. They provide information, understanding, and assistance in getting the patient into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. CSRs are able provide empathy and support at a time when the patient is most vulnerable and, more importantly, to get them on a track to recovery.
For more information on recovery services, please call:
Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission 215-773-9643