HEROES: Seeking solutions to end the opioid epidemic
Nearly 70,000 people died of an overdose last year, and more than 67% were related to opioids. The Houston Emergency Opioid Engagement System (HEROES) program helps to identify, engage, and treat those with opioid use disorder (OUD) through comprehensive medical, behavioral, and peer support services. We need your help.
- 10+ million people misused prescription medications last year
- In 2018, Texas saw over 1600 people die from opioids with nearly 335 of those in Houston alone. This keeps growing
- This impacts everybody – it could be your parents, your child, your sibling, or you.
Partnering with trusted community collaborators, HEROES peer recovery specialists are able to reach out to people living with OUD and offer them a successful recovery program while they are in moments of crisis and highly motivated to make a change. We provide immediate access to clinical care from the most qualified emergency physicians and nurse practitioners, direct behavioral counseling, and peer recovery support services, and we link patients to ongoing maintenance medical treatment. This process includes same-day diagnosis, prescription, and induction into medicated-assisted treatment using buprenorphine, an opioid agonist used to treat withdrawal.
Our research indicates that 80% of high-risk individuals enrolled in the HEROES program remain actively engaged in their recovery and comply with treatment for longer than 90 days, while national figures report that in the absence of assertive outreach and comprehensive treatment, nine in 10 individuals with OUD will relapse within this same period.
HEROES has proudly served nearly 400 people in the last year, and with your support, we can help many more. Our overall goal is to build community resilience to the opioid crisis by developing an assertive response approach in collaboration with emergency services, such as the police and fire departments, social services, and community hospitals. In order to provide patients with complete wraparound care that will ensure their sustained recovery, we are raising funds to offer assistance with prescriptions, transportation, housing and other resources to help people recovering from OUD establish fulfilling, drug-free lives and contribute to the overall agenda of HEROES: Seeking Solutions to End the Opioid Epidemic.
Contributions of any size will allow us to reach as many people as we can as we seek solutions to end the opioid epidemic. Thank you for joining us in this important cause!
PS: Check out our recent feature on Houston's KHOU news channel here, or one of the stories about us in the Houston Chronicle.