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On behalf of the families we serve, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids urges the new Administration to make the opioid addiction epidemic a priority, and to work with legislators, government officials, healthcare providers, educators and law enforcement agencies to implement policy solutions that help parents and families of loved ones struggling with the disease of addiction.
With 144 people dying each day, drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in our country. Addressing the opioid addiction epidemic will require a comprehensive approach including education and prevention resources, the “mainstreaming” of substance use as a health issue, and expanded access to effective treatment, recovery support services and overdose reversal medications.
In response, Partnership President and CEO, Marcia Lee Taylor, sent a letter to the new Administration outlining the critical principles and recommended action steps to guide President-Elect Trump’s transition team as it lays out policies and priorities for the first 100 days.
Read the letter here.
If you or someone you know needs help with opioid use, call our Toll-Free Helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE or visit drugfree.org/heroin.