Substance use disorder is as much a mental illness as depression, anxiety, or PTSD, and nearly 300,000 Oklahomans report living with one, overwhelmingly from opioid use.
Between 2021 and 2022, Oklahoma saw a 22% rise in deaths from opioid overdose. But that’s not the end of the story. We can all do our part by carrying naloxone, an easy-to-administer medication that can reverse overdose from opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications. You should especially carry naloxone if you have opioid drugs at home.