Roughly 4% of adults in Santa Barbara County have a mental health condition and about once a week, someone in Santa Barbara County dies from an overdose involving opioids, according to a statement from the Santa Barbara Opioid Safety Coalition. The organization acknowledges that September is National Recovery Month with the annual theme, “Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.” Recovery Month spreads the message that people can and do recover every day.

“Mental health and substance use disorders affect all communities nationwide,” the statement read. “With commitment and support, those impacted can embark on a journey of improved health and overall wellness. The focus of National Recovery Month this September is to celebrate all people that make the journey of recovery and those who make it possible.”

The Santa Barbara Opioid Safety Coalition serves residents of Santa Barbara County. For more information, visit opioidsafetysb.org or email Cindy Loayza or Alex Partida at vista@sbclinics.org.

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