The Opioid and Heroin Crisis: A Year Later and Many Remain Forgotten

A year ago, voters were promised revolutionary changes and a shake-up of the status quo. At the receiving end of this promise was a class of Americans who felt they had been left behind; it seemed the economy didn’t have room for them and the government no longer cared. This hopelessness was particularly acute in addiction-ravaged industrial and manufacturing towns across the country. Drug deaths around the country were rising at extraordinary levels. In 2016 alone, 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses and over two million more were dependent on…

The Unknown Peril of the Opioid Crisis

With Election Day receding into the history books and the Thanksgiving turkey, seasoned with a dose of political discourse, fully digested, it is time to put down politics and reason with the issues that the next administration must address. One serious public-policy issue that Washington must solve is the ongoing, yet often unacknowledged, opioid crisis. This past summer, I attended a conference that convened health experts, policy coordinators, and community stakeholders to discuss potential policy solutions to the opioid crisis raging throughout the country. Public Health Management Corporation President Richard…