- We are in the midst of the worst drug epidemic in United States history.
- Addiction and overdose deaths due to narcotic painkillers and heroin (the class of drugs known as opioids) are one of the nation’s most urgent public health problems.
- The epidemic has had a catastrophic impact on families and communities, and it has placed tremendous strain on our health care system, businesses, and local and state governments.
- To date, the response from some federal agencies has been slow and tragically ineffective.
- Together, we must find new ways:
(1) To prevent our children, friends, and loved ones from becoming addicted to opioids;
(2) To ensure that people suffering from opioid addiction have access to effective treatment;
(3) To reduce the risk of opioid overdose deaths.
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