Excerpted from Morning Consult
While there is growing hope that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight, America’s other health crisis — the drug overdose epidemic — is intensifying. In the 12 months leading up to August 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated there were over 88,000 overdose deaths, enough to fill the Washington Football Team’s stadium with spillover into the parking lot. Not only does this tragic statistic reflect the most overdose deaths recorded in a 12-month span in American history, but it also represents countless tears shed for the children, siblings, friends and parents whose lives were cut short by the disease of addiction.
Ending this crisis will require using every evidence-based tool at our disposal.