The CDC has declared the rising rates of addiction and overdose deaths due to opioids—a class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers as well as heroin—“the worst drug crisis in U.S. history.” This epidemic has impacted individuals across America indiscriminately, from rural areas to middle-class suburbia. The famous are not immune, either: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death in February drew greater public attention to the crisis. With over 125,000 deaths in the last decade attributed to opioids, it’s time to ask: What caused this epidemic? What can be done to stop it?
We’ll turn these questions over to you when we team up with our friends at Substance.com for an opioid Twitter chat on July 16.We promise you a thought-provoking debate about drug policy, the role of over-prescription in this crisis, how to protect our communities, and more.
All are welcome to weigh in on this major public health issue. Just log on to Twitter at 3PM EST on Wednesday, July 16 and search for the hashtag #pillchat to follow the discussion. Be sure to include #pillchat in your own questions and responses to get involved. To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Back to Index