An estimated 2.1 million people in the United States struggle with opioid use disorder.
That’s more than the number of people diagnosed with cancer each year.
At Niswonger Children’s Hospital alone,
almost 30 percent of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit are living with neonatal abstinence syndrome, which is indicative of the scope of the regional epidemic.
Tennessee ranks #2 in the nation for pain killer consumption.
Approximately 60,000 Tennesseans suffer from a form of dependence on prescription narcotics.
There are almost 12,000 churches in Tennessee.
What Is Restore Appalachia
Restore Appalachia is an initiative under Adoration Life focused on helping churches serve their community. We are specifically concentrated on the opioid epidemic happening in the Appalachian region. Our goal is to bring awareness to and educate the church community about drug abuse. From that, we hope to see churches respond by serving in organizations who lack the manpower and resources to function to their highest ability. Above all else, Restore Appalachia is committed to prayer and seeking God for guidance. If you have questions or want to get involved with Restore Appalachia, please email us below!
What is an opioid?
In your brain, there are receptors called opioid receptors. Any molecule that can activate an opioid receptor is considered an opioid. When a drug activates an opioid receptor, a person gets pain relief. That is why opioids are commonly called “painkillers.” Codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, and heroin are all opioids.
What is NAS?
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a medical condition where babies go through withdrawal shortly after being born. If a mother takes opioids during pregnancy, it is possible that the baby will be born dependent on drugs and then be weaned off them after birth. Not every mother that takes opioids while pregnant will have a baby with NAS.
How can I get involved?
The best way for you to get involved with Restore Appalachia is to come to Adoration on October 21st. At the event, we will provide information and practical steps you and your church can take to serve the community. Have one person register as your Church Representative and invite everyone to come!
What is the opioid epidemic?
The opioid epidemic is a national crisis where people are addicted to drugs and dying from overdoses. Many overdose deaths involve opioids used with other drugs, such as benzodiazepines and alcohol. The Appalachian region is one of the areas most affected by the epidemic.