At Least 2.2 Million U.S. Children Affected by Opioid Crisis: Report
A new report estimates at least 2.2 million children had been affected by the opioid crisis in the United States by 2017.
One of the outcomes of the current opioid epidemic is an increased rate of intravenous (IV) drug use — meaning directly injecting opioids or other substances into a vein. It’s a practice that layers risk on top of risk, -including transmission of hepatitis C, HIV and other infectious diseases. Yet unfortunately, simply knowing the risks isn’t an effective deterrent, nor a bridge to addiction treatment.