You are invited! 2013 Connect the Pieces Gala

Marie Hattaway writes:

Dear Friends,

I am passing along an invitation to a great upcoming community event~ The 2nd Annual Connect the Pieces Gala, themed the Roaring 2020's: A Vision for the Future.

This event is put on by Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships (SHIP)* and proceeds from this event will benefit SHIP's Connect the Pieces campaign, which is shining a light on the dangers of prescription drugs in our communities.

Evening includes dinner, auction, live music, and interactive games!

When: Friday March 22, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM MDT

Where: Riverside Hotel, 900 W. Chinden Blvd, Boise, ID 83714 (Click here for map)

Tickets: Click here for more information or to purchase your ticket today

Inquiries: If you have any questions about tickets, donations or sponsorships, please contact,Chris Thomas, Connect the Pieces to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse ~ 208-914-3940

The Roaring 2020's: A Vision for the Future

You are cordially invited to join us at the Second Annual Connect the
Pieces Gala, which is themed the Roaring 2020’s: A Vision for the Future. Unlike the Roaring 1920’s of the Prohibition era, we are shining a bright light on the dangers of prescription drug abuse in our
community. We want to work together with all segments of the community to determine

how we can each do our part to eliminate this epidemic! Join us for  dinner, auction, live music, and interactive games.

Featured Speaker: Ada County Sherriff Gary Raney

Idaho Voices in Recovery is a group of persons in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, family, friends and allies coming together to insure that people in recovery have a voice! We want a say in policies and legislation that impacts our lives. Join us!

Public Health Crisis: Prescription Drug Abuse in Idaho

Information gleaned from Death Certificates by Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Division of Health, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, March 2011.

Ten-Year Trends:

From 2000 to 2009, 1244 Idaho residents died from a drug-induced death.
The number of drug-induced deaths increased two and a half times from 69 (2000) to 184 (2009).

Three-Year Aggregate:

Ninety-five percent (95.2 percent) of Idaho resident drug-induced deaths occurred within the State from 2007 to 2009.
Sixty percent (60.0 percent) of drug-induced deaths to Idaho residents from 2007 to 2009 were the result of an accidental poisoning.

The most common substance listed on the death certificates among those who died in Idaho were:

Narcotics (262 deaths)

Hydrocodone (68 deaths)

Methadone (54 deaths)

Oxycodone / Oxycontine (43 Deaths)

Morphine (28 Deaths)

Heroin (6 Deaths)

Antiepiletic, Sedative-Hypnotic, Antiparkinsonism and Psychotropic (225 Deaths)

Anti-depressants (65 deaths)

Benzodiazepine (60 deaths)

Methamphetamine (25 Deaths)

Muscle Relaxants (23 Deaths)

Cannabis / Marijuana (2 Deaths)

Alcohol in combination with drugs (65 deaths)

More than 40 percent of Death Certificates (184 out of 456 deaths) did not list a specific drug, medicament, or biological substance as contributing to the drug-induced death.

(Drug-induced deaths do not include newborn deaths associated with mother’s drug use, accidents such as falls and motor vehicle crashes, homicides, and other causes indirectly related to drug use.)