THE NATION'S OPIOID EPIDEMIC
Who is involved in the epidemic?
PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC PAIN: "Sales of prescription opioids in the U.S. nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2014,1 but there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain Americans report. During this time period, prescription opioid overdose deaths increased similarly" (CDC).
CLINICIANS: In June 2017, the CDC reported over 1,100+ calls a day nationwide regarding overdose.
GOVERNMENT: In 1972, the Secretary of Health and Human Services created the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This organization now fights the opioid epidemic.
BABIES: Every 25 minutes in the US, a newborn is born fighting extreme withdrawal symptoms from heroin, mephedrone, painkillers, or cocaine. 28 million children are born into families affected by addiction and 11 million of them will become addicts.
STUDENTS: At an all-time high, public school and private schools have reported a 54% increase in drug availability on campus. 61% of students have called their schools "drug infected," compared with 46% in 2002.
THE HARM REDUCTION COALITION: founded in 1993 and incorporated in 1994 by a working group of needle exchange providers, advocates and drug users. They are extensive and diverse network of allies who challenge the persistent stigma faced by people who use drugs and advocate for policy and public health reform.