In 2011 Livingston
17 opioid overdose deaths
In 2014 there were 35. The trend continued to accelerate.
In three years the number of deaths more than doubled.
29 drug-related overdose deaths
into our community.
In our own community and across the country opioid overdose deaths were reaching epidemic levels.
Wake Up Livingston intends to change that. We bring together community members, law enforcement, public health, hospitals, community mental health, treatment facilities, and other providers to end this epidemic.
We use the Project Lazarus model and believe that communities are ultimately responsible for their own health. Wake Up Livingston and Project Lazarus believe that every drug overdose is preventable. Using experience, data, and compassion we strive to prevent drug overdoses and meet the needs of those living with chronic pain.
The success of Wake Up Livingston depends on community knowledge, support, and involvement. Beginning in 2015, Wake Up Livingston has begun implementing steps towards the fight against the opioid overdose epidemic.
But there is still more to be done.
Wake Up Livingston believes that 29 deaths is 29 too many. So WUL is calling on the community for help. Every person has a part to play in ending this epidemic in Livingston County. Get involved, make a difference, and help Livingston discover change.
Email us using the Contact page for more information about getting involved in one of the Wake Up Livingston sector groups.
WUL sector workgroups
(modeled after the Project Lazarus):
Courts and Law Enforcement
Substance Use Disorder Professionals
Community and Business
About Wake Up
Page material references the following sources:
Project Lazarus. (n.d.) About Project Lazarus. Retrieved from
Livingston County Department of Public Health. (2016). Opiate Misuse and Abuse in Livingston County.