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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Unintentional overdose leads to unintentional consequences.
We hear it more often than we would like. However, it does not negate the role we play in addressing the issue and helping those in our community that struggle. Everyone has a struggle or an unknown weight they carry around. It is healthy to talk about those challenges with those close to you.
Unfortunately, many carry that burden alone often turning to self-medication with alcohol or drugs as the solution. The very real and unintentional outcome is permanent injury or loss of life. The ripple effect is of hurt, lack of understanding, or, for family and friends, the awareness that something was going on they never knew about.
We are talking about addiction and substance abuse. While there are several forms, the use is often a silent cry for help. Alcohol, depressants, opioids, stimulants and crystal methamphetamine – each is addictive and the long-term impacts on individuals’ physical and mental wellbeing can have dire consequences.
At Partnership Carson City, it is part of our daily work. We are focused on reaching those with addiction issues letting them know that they are valued. We also help families in coping with their grief.
Each year, millions of lives are affected by substance abuse and addiction in the United States. In 2020, the U.S. witnessed an increase in drug use and overdose, and the state of Nevada was hit especially hard. According to the Nevada State Unintentional Drug Overdose Report compiled by the Nevada OD2A (Overdose Data to Action) program for January to June 2020, there was a 37% increase in drug overdose death of the unintentional or undetermined intent over the

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