2019 Year in Review: Center on Addiction
We merged to empower families to support loved ones, advance effective addiction care, and shape public policies that prevent and treat addiction as a public health issue.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids remains steadfast in our commitment to finding solutions to help end the opioid crisis.
On the heels of the White House declaring of a nationwide public health emergency in response to the opioid epidemic and the recent release of the final report the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis, the Partnership is bringing forth its recommendations to help end the opioid crisis.
We have a long history working with partners, agencies and government officials at the federal, state and local levels to ensure that, collectively, we are doing everything possible to drive down the number of opioid overdoses and overdose deaths.
We know that to achieve the best possible outcomes, we must all work together to provide services to all who need them and ensure that every family has access to support services.
That is why we have devised a detailed, four-point plan to help end the opioid crisis and empower families to take action.
Courtney Hunter, our Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs, said, “It is critical that people suffering from addiction and their families know that there is hope and that there are actionable steps that they can take to get help. With 144 people dying every day in drug overdose-related deaths, 91 of which are directly related to opioids, we want advocates to know exactly how they can get involved and help make a difference. We have valuable resources to help, but we need to engage families to speak up and take action.”
We can’t do it alone. Your voice can make a difference. Together, we can solve the opioid epidemic.