The U.S. opioid epidemic has reached a critical point: More people are dying from opioid overdoses than from car crashes or from gun deaths. The national opioid epidemic is being felt acutely in California, where in 2015 alone, 4,600 people died from a drug overdose.
California’s hospitals are taking steps to cut down on opioid prescriptions and prevent overdose deaths. But Californians are still suffering. While overdose deaths seem to have leveled off since 2009, overdose hospital admissions have increased steadily.
Attorney General Sessions delivered remarks this February calling the opioid crisis the deadliest drug epidemic in our history. While the White House has announced opioid-specific task forces and criminal penalties, more work needs to be done. Critical funding is needed to research and understand the causes of opioid addiction, and to fund options for those needing substance use treatment.
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