What Is The #uncapthefacts Campaign?
The "Once in a While" Campaign: #UNCAPTHEFACTS
The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness amongst both high school and college students in San Luis Obispo County on the dangers of misusing prescription drugs and to reveal that even sporadic drug misuse is considered abuse.
This campaign was designed in partnership with Cal Poly Art & Design students Kayla Lake, Doug Kessinger, Julie Marzan, and photographer Jordan Crough.
What Is An Opioid?
Opioids are derived from the opium poppy (or synthetic versions of it) and used for pain relief. The most common opioid drugs involved in prescription overdose deaths include Hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), Oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin) and Methadone.
Local Rx Statistics
Among people who abuse drugs, 1/3 start with prescription drugs.
In San Luis Obispo County in 2011, 16% of 11th graders reported having used Rx opioids, tranquilizers or sedatives recreationally at least once in their lifetime and 6% reported having used Rx drugs to get high in the last 30 days.
From 2010-2013, San Luis Obispo County had a higher number of prescriptions per 1,000 compared to the state of California.
There were 640 opioid-related emergency room visits among the four local hospitals in 2014.
San Luis Obispo County had 36 deaths caused by opioid misuse and abuse in 2015, which was double the rate than it was in 2012.
In 2015, nearly 250,000 opioid prescriptions were written for the estimated 281,000 residents of San Luis Obispo County (estimated 89%).