Overdose Prevention

About Us

We are a group of organizations collaborating to identify issues, goals, gaps, or barriers and possible intervention and prevention activities to reduce drug misuse, substance use disorders, and drug overdoses in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

Over 15 organizations have met regularly since August 2020 to identify our community strengths and areas of growth in preventing opioid overdoses.  The assets identified are shared on this website with the intent of serving as a place for residents to access many of the community’s resources in one location, as well as provide education about pain management alternatives.

Our 2021 strategic goals include:

1. Raising awareness among our general adult population that opioids can be addictive and dangerous 

2. Sharing credible evidence-based alternatives to managing pain

In 2021 community awareness and knowledge will be enhanced through placement of RxAwareness Campaign messages, as well as placement of original media messages developed by local stakeholder and focus groups.   


Our Mission

Reduce active opioid and other addictions by providing consumer and provider education and advocacy through collaborations in treatment, reducing stigma, and prevention education.

The Vision

People are able to get the right help when they need it.

Community Partners

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Grief Resources

Addiction Loss Group
https://www.roperandsons.com/service/grief-services/
3rd Sunday of the Month
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at 4300 O Street location
For those affected by the loss of a loved one to addiction.

Our grief support groups are led by Melissa Thorne, LIMHP, LADC, a Grief Therapist at Roper and Sons, and are free to the public.

 
Basics
Opioids Are:
  • Prescription pain relieving medication
  • Can be effective in treating acute, temporary pain
  • Can be physically addicting, creating dependence and withdrawal symptoms when use is stopped

  • If you need more information about opioids and their names and dangers of prescription painkiller abuse,  you will find it here: General Information About Opioids.

    Facts

    National

    Nationally, overdose deaths involving opioids, including prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids (like fentanyl), have increased over six times since 1999. Overdoses involving opioids killed nearly 50,000 people in 2019, and nearly 73% of those deaths involved synthetic opioids. (CDC).

    State

    Nebraska experienced an increase in drug related deaths from 168 in 2019 to 191 drug related deaths in 2020 (reporting as of May 2021). The percent of drug-related deaths that were opioid related also increased from 2019 to 2020.  In 2019 64 deaths were related to an opioid or 38.1% of drug related deaths.  In 2020, 89 deaths were related to an opioid or  46.6% of drug related deaths (DHHS).

    Local

    Lancaster County represents approximately 16% of Nebraska’s population. However, Lancaster County had 35% of the state’s heroin overdoses and 16% the state’s overall opioid overdoses in 2019. (DHHS)  In Lincoln alone, in 2020, the Lincoln Police Department documented 133 reported non-fatal overdoses, a 76% increase over the 5-year average.  Of those documented fatal and non-fatal reports, 51 were opioid related.

    There was also an increase from 2019 to 2020 in the number of opioid related deaths and the number of fentanyl related deaths within the opioid category.   In 2019 there were 10 opioid related deaths; of which three were fentanyl related.  In 2020 Lincoln experienced 20 deaths related to opioids; of those 20, 13 were related to fentanyl.

    This website is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.