Too many families have lost someone they love to a drug overdose. In fact, today, 128 families are grieving, and today’s toxicology report adds one more family to that roll call: the family of Prince. He is number 129.
Addiction is not treated like any other disease, but rather as a crime and a moral failing, treated with prison and lectures, rather than therapy and medicine. It’s time to break the silence and treat it as the public health epidemic it is. Let’s work to bring awareness to and transformation around addiction.
Heroin and prescription painkiller abuse is having a devastating effect on public health and safety across the United States – and without proper prevention and treatment, more families and communities will be impacted.
Earlier this week, President Obama proposed initiatives that would address prescription (Rx) drug abuse in the United States. With overdose deaths involving opioid prescription pain relievers deemed an “epidemic,” we applaud the President’s proposal.