It's time to start talking. We have not been quick to recognize the growing problem of opioid use and addiction in Larimer County. We have not always given our community members with addiction problems the opportunity to feel comfortable talking about it or asking for help.

This problem isn't a simple problem, and it will take many years to change the sometimes dangerous opioid prescribing practices that have become common in the medical community. How do we help those who need support? How will they know that they can seek treatment without being judged?

Regardless of how our community ended up in this place, we are here now. Now is the time to help our friends, family, and neighbors who are struggling with opioid addiction get the support and treatment they need, without the judgment.

"Everyone knows someone" is how we talk about mental health issues in our community. This can also be relevant to reducing the stigma around addiction in our community as well. Doing some research, and understanding that opioid addiction can happen to anyone, can help us all understand the problem and the solutions. 

Today, many people struggling with addiction feel like it's not okay to ask for help, even if they realize that they need it.

We have to make it okay for those struggling to ask for help.

What can our community do to help? 

  • Be supportive
  • Educate ourselves and each other
  • Look at what is working in other communities
  • It will take collaboration and communication to help our community find solutions to the opioid problem. There are ways that each of us can be a part of the solution. 
  • Be your own personal advocate and ask questions of your provider if you're prescribed opioids for pain.