According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdoses seen by hospital emergency rooms increased between the third quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2017 across the US. “We have an emergency on our hands,” says acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat.
Top police, judges and health experts at the John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America weighed in Thursday on the origins of the national opioid crisis—and strategies for reducing the toll it takes on American families.
The high rates of opioid addiction for females in America’s rural and tribal areas are exacerbated by intimate partner violence and the lack of access to treatment, advocates and caregivers told a webinar last week.
We might never have a “cure” for addiction. But the failures of the War on Drugs make clear there are smarter ways to assist individuals dependent on opiates than criminalizing them, argues a patient advocate.
The Sentencing Project released a report Wednesday assailing the grievous lack of medical treatment for addiction in prisons and jails, hours before the newly appointed Bureau of Prisons director was scheduled to testify before the House of Representatives.
A U.S. Sentencing Commission hearing was told Tuesday that customs and border patrol agents had seen a “dramatic increase in seizures” of fentanyl and its analogs, from one kilogram in fiscal year 2013, to 208 kilograms in 2016, to 550 kilograms in 2017—a 160 percent increase over the previous year.
The Attorney General tells a news conference that “effective enforcement” should be a priority for new legislation. He also announced a new DEA Division for the Appalachian region, and the appointment of Kellyanne Conway, one of President Trump’s top advisers, to oversee White House initiatives to combat opioid abuse.