O'Neill Institute  |  October 16, 2019

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APPROXIMATELY 130 PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES DIE EVERY DAY FROM OPIOID-RELATED DRUG OVERDOSES, accounting for 47,000 deaths in 2017. Increased national and international attention to this crisis has led to an influx of resources and policy solutions in recent years; however, the problem is much larger than opioids. Addiction is not a new phenomenon and does not occur in a vacuum, but instead occurs at the intersection of public health, criminal justice and social services. Solutions must reflect this reality.

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