According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, "Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement."
If you don't think it could happen to your child, your family, your friends, think again. Addiction to heroin and pain medications is rampant even in our wealthiest suburbs. Take the time to click the links below to look at these compelling videos that tell the story.