Recently the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie urged President Trump to declare the U.S. opioid crisis a national emergency. Citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Commission said that an estimated 142 Americans die daily from a drug overdose. Drug overdoses now kill more people than gun homicides and car crashes combined. In 2015, two-thirds of the drug overdoses were linked to opioids both illegal (e.g., heroin, illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids) and legal (e.g., oxycodone, hydrocodone). (more…)
Since 2013, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida has seen the number of overdoses from both fentanyl and heroin explode. Medical professionals and local officials in the Miami area are searching for ways to help get heroin users into treatment rather than serving jail time. In fact, this effort has caught on nationwide.