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HEROES: Seeking solutions to end the opioid epidemic

$5,000
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Project has ended
Project ended on August 31, at 11:55 PM CDT
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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.

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$10

Transportation Vouchers

Many of our patients receive METRO cards and other transportation assistance. With your donation, we can make sure they get to their doctor and counseling appointments and peer support groups.

$20

HEROES Scholarship Fund

The HEROES program will award select, successful patients with the opportunity to pursue an education in Peer Recovery Coaching so that they may share the fruits of their recoveries with others and keep the mission of HEROES alive.

$30

NARCAN Medication Assistance

Intranasal NARCAN is a medication used to reverse opioid overdose and save the lives of individuals living with opioid use disorder. HEROES provides NARCAN to various communities around Texas - each unit provides an individual the opportunity to survive an overdose and choose recovery!

$50

Clinic Visit

Upon enrollment into the HEROES program, patients receive a medical check-up to gauge their overall health before beginning treatment. This check-up is an essential first step in the road to recovery. Thank you for helping us provide this service!

$100

Suboxone Medication Assistance

Suboxone is a medication prescribed by licensed physicians to treat opioid withdrawal in patients who have chosen recovery. HEROES believes this medication is an integral necessity in opioid use disorder recovery. With your help, we can provide someone with a whole month of this medication - giving them time to get back on their feet.

$125

One Week of Sober Living

Many of our patients enter the program with nowhere to stay. Sober living facilities offer safe, drug-free environments in which patients can sleep soundly and eat healthily while surrounded by peers who support their decision to recover.

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