Fighting Against Opiate Abuse
The opioid crisis is harming communities across the country. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports nearly 2 million Americans were addicted to or abused prescription opiate-based painkillers as of 2013.
Ohio continues to be the face of the nation’s opioid abuse problem. According to Ohio’s Opiate Action Team, more than 2,400 Ohioans tragically passed from unintentional opiate overdoses in 2014, which marked a 17% increase from a year earlier. Much of this increase in overdoses can be attributed to a major increase in abuse of fentanyl, a more lethal opiate than heroin.
More money has been spent on treatment programs and our leaders have begun to take the issue seriously, yet we are losing too many of our friends and family to this epidemic. Our Ohio Renewal will lead on solutions to opioid abuse so we can take our communities back.
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