*Fall 2023 Capstone Winner - Jessica Russo

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Jessica Russo Spring 2023 Capstone Winner 2023
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Russo_Capstone Final Presentation Gif 2023

Russo Capstone Final Presentation 2023

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) provisional data from last year (2022) shows that over 100,000 people died from an opioid overdose, up over 1000% from 8,040 deaths in 1999. The opioid epidemic and Substance Use Disorder (SUD), commonly called addiction, impact people from all backgrounds. Pharmaceutical companies, an influx of illicit fentanyl, and the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to record numbers of opioid overdoses year after year. Addiction is a long-term psychological condition, but we can save lives focusing on reducing harm and expanding healthcare and psychiatric services.


Beyond Crisis: Lives Saved is an easily navigable scrollytelling resource for friends and family members of those suffering with opioid use disorder. The website aims to provide clarity around the opioid epidemic and encourage evidence-based solutions that are proven to reduce overdoses, save lives, and give those with substance use disorder opportunities for effective treatment rather than put them behind bars.