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Beyond the Numbers: Echoes of the Opioid Epidemic

This series of short videos tells the stories of 18 people touched by opioid and other substance use and how their lives have been filled with love, loss, and hope. Each story was created by someone directly impacted by substance use. They tell their stories using family photos and first-person narration to help viewers understand the personal impact of the crisis.

The videos are the result of a project led by the Consortium’s Affected Families & Friends Work Group and are a resource for community partners, agencies, and coalitions, which can use these during future events or presentation. The Consortium has developed a Facilitator’s Guide that gives context to the stories and can be used to help plan events.

The original series of stories were created and released in 2019. In 2021, the work group released another set of Beyond the Numbers videos. You can find them by scrolling through this page.

If you would like to learn more about the project or use of the videos for an event, contact Jen Place.

Beyond the Numbers Facilitator’s Guide