With approximately 142 Americans dying every day, the commission members stated, “America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.” More than 33,000 people died of opioid overdose, with another 20,000 dying from other drugs. A recent federal study found that prescription painkillers are now more widely used than tobacco. In addition to declaring a national emergency, the commission’s first report includes a number of recommendations that public health experts and drug policy reformers have been advocating for years. They include: expanding capacity for drug treatment under Medicaid; encouraging the development of non-opioid pain relievers. For more information click here.
White House Panel Recommends Declaring National Emergency on Opioids