WASHINGTON, DC – Friday evening, the White House proclaimed September 17 through September 23, 2017 as “Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.”
The opioid epidemic has wrecked havoc on our communities, taking a series of twists and turns over the years. From prescription pills and heroin to synthetic opioids that are easy to illicitly manufacture, it’s left devastating stories behind.
While the data is limited and often slow to release, the most conservative estimates are shocking. Among them:
- 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day
- More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016
- Three of four new heroin users abused opioids first
- More than 1,000 Americans are treated for abusing opioids every day
The White House proclamation follows the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) release of $144.1 million in grants to help prevent and treat those suffering from opioid addiction. These latest resources to help combat the #OpioidCrisis are authorized largely through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which included 11 Energy and Commerce Committee bills.
Next month, the committee will hold a full committee hearing – the first of this Congress – on the opioid crisis. Learn more here.