Zero Overdose Applauds the Healthy Minds Policy Initiative for Paving the Way for Overdose Prevention in Tulsa

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Tillson, NY – Zero Overdose is proud to recognize the Healthy Minds Policy Initiative for their pioneering work in the fight against unintentional overdose deaths in Oklahoma. Healthy Minds’ effort in uniting Tulsa’s leaders to prevent overdose, showcased in a recent article, sets the stage for Tulsa to lead as the nation’s first Zero Overdose community, combating this urgent public health crisis

Tulsa, Oklahoma is experiencing a methamphetamine-driven ‘fourth wave’ in the overdose crisis. Over a decade, meth-related deaths surged by 500% in Tulsa County. Recent Oklahoma Health Department data show methamphetamine caused 52% of Tulsa’s overdose deaths, alongside opioids (31%) and fentanyl (20%). From 2019 to 2021, Tulsa County ranked third in non-fatal overdose hospitalizations, with 3,109 admissions.

Zero Overdose promotes the Zero Overdose Safety Plan© to foster open conversations on overdose risk with individuals  who are at risk with prescribed and non prescribed substances. This plan comprises seven key parts and is completed collaboratively. This comprehensive plan serves as a crucial clinical intervention, ensuring a patient-centered approach to addressing overdose risks and fostering well-informed strategies for prevention.

“I’m encouraged by the Tulsa learning community’s commitment to ending overdose deaths in our city, and we’re thankful to Zero Overdose New York for their partnership,” said Emily McPherson, Mental Health Fellow at Healthy Minds and coordinator of the Tulsa Zero Overdose learning community. “Healthy Minds is looking forward to expanding Zero Overdose’s impact with future cohorts of the learning community.”

Zero Overdose reaffirms its commitment to collaborating with organizations like Healthy Minds to achieve our shared goal of a future with zero overdose deaths. This collaboration is a significant step toward eradicating the overdose epidemic, and we look forward to continuing our shared efforts to save lives and make a difference.

About Zero Overdose:

Zero Overdose is dedicated to preventing unintentional overdoses nationwide by pioneering proactive measures through our Overdose Safety Planning. As a non-profit, Zero Overdose has tailored evidence-based clinical tools to address overdoses. Zero Overdose is committed to fostering a culture of prevention, equipping and empowering individuals and entities to integrate life-saving overdose prevention practices seamlessly. Visit www.zerooverdose.org to join us in this vital mission.

About Healthy Minds Policy Initiative:

Healthy Minds is Oklahoma’s premier think tank focused on mental health issues. With a foundation of data and research, Healthy Minds collaborates with state and local leaders to develop, elevate and implement policy and community solutions that help ensure all Oklahomans have the mental health treatment and prevention services they need, when and where they need them.

To learn more, visit www.healthymindspolicy.org.