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We’re failing America’s opioid epidemic

By Dr. Lyndon Haviland

December 22, 2019

TheHill.com

Why haven’t we taken any meaningful steps to solve the opioid crisis, one of the greatest public health threats of our time?

Millions of people abuse opioids each year. Their victims cross every socio-economic category. Hundreds of thousands have died. Their impact has been felt for years, yet we have no national collective plan to respond.

To begin to address it, we need a strategic national dialogue, a more effective legal strategy, a willingness by a dysfunctional Congress to come together, and a long-term commitment to do the right thing.