The District of Columbia health department, DC Health, launched MyRecoveryDC, a public education campaign to help individuals with addiction disorder access the District’s comprehensive network of treatment and recovery services. A centerpiece of the MyRecoveryDC campaign connects District residents to addiction treatment certified peer specialists.
In the announcement, DC Health noted that even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol and drug use disorders were a serious problem in the District of Columbia:
- One in 10 District residents has an alcohol use disorder, twice the regional and national average.
- One in 8 District residents has a substance use disorder, nearly twice the regional and national average.
- Opioid overdoses in DC have nearly doubled since 2018 with 411 people dying in 2020.
- In 2020, 94% of DC opioid overdose cases involved fentanyl, and fentanyl is in almost all heroin found in DC.
The MyRecoveryDC campaign is part of LIVE.LONG.DC., the District’s strategic plan to reduce opioid use and misuse and to reduce opioid-related deaths. District residents seeking more information about treatment and recovery from addiction disorder are encouraged to visit MyRecoveryDC.org or call the 24/7 Access Helpline at 888-793-4357.
This was reported by DC Health on June 3, 2021.