EVERY DAY, NATIONAL AND local headlines are filled with stories of families grappling with the effects of the opioid epidemic and the 115 lives it claims on a daily basis. Too many families live in fear that their child will be the next statistic.
All the while, policy makers at the federal, state and local levels grasp for innovative ways to address the problem in a meaningful way.
Heroin and the misuse of prescription opioids killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, more than any other year on record. In that same year, 11.7 billion opioid pills were prescribed in the United States, which is enough for every man, woman and child to have 36 pills each.
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