(KUTV) Once hooked on opioids, addicted to drugs and/or alcohol and some on the verge of being homeless and losing their children, thousands of Utahns will gather to celebrate National Recovery Month at the 14th Annual Salt Lake City Recovery Day at the Gallivan Plaza, downtown Salt Lake City on September 9, 2017 from 9am to 4pm.
The Utah recovery community welcomes national representatives from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR), leaders and allies of the recovery movement as our event serves as the National celebration to launches festivities across the country.
The Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, in it 2016 annual report, reported 134,172 adults and 12,080 youth in need of services for alcohol and/or drug dependency.
However, services were only available to 14,729 individuals, leaving more than 131,000 Utahns in need of, but not receiving, substance abuse services.
Furthermore, in the last decade, opioid overdose death in Utah increased by 400%.
Utah has the 4th highest rate of overdose in the United States with more than 90,000 individuals in Utah reporting use of opioids in 2015.