The Opioid Crisis in America
The need is great. More than 20 million Americans are active in their addiction right now, and another 20+ million are working to maintain their recoveries. They all have families that are affected as well. Only 10 percent of those who need treatment get it. More than 130 die every day from drug overdose. The heroin and prescription painkiller epidemic has helped create a shortage of treatment beds nationwide. People of low income have an especially difficult time accessing help. Meanwhile, stigma still keeps people quiet, and keeps public funding limited. We’re making progress, but there is so much more to do.