Savannah Eley



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Katie Zaman


This is a true story based on Savannah's journey through substance use disorder and recovery. Savannah experienced postpartum depression after her first child was born, and found that her husband's opioid pills helped her cope. She developed an opioid use disorder, and later used methamphetamine to taper herself off of opioids. She was left with a dependency on methamphetamine and Xanax. Savannah struggled with these substance use disorders and became suicidal, resulting in two attempts to die by suicide. A kind police officer helped her by connecting her to resources and offering moral support. Today, Savannah is on the front lines, helping to connect people with substance use disorders in rural Utah to resources and recovery. She hopes that her story will help others to see people who use drugs as worthy of compassion and respect.


Utah State University



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harm reduction, stigma, comic, opioid use disorder

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