New evidence compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that we do not yet have the opioid epidemic or the loss of life from drug overdoses under control yet. We’re not even close.
Do you think that high school senior that’s ready to graduate has remained drug-free? If you do, there’s a 50-50 chance that you’re right.
In 2015, we lost 44,000 people to overdoses. But if we knew how many had been saved with naloxone, we would truly know the full extent of our crisis of opioid addiction and overdose.
Every year, the Monitoring the Future survey allows us to examine trends in drug and alcohol use among our teens. In this new report, the fact that teen use of most drugs continued their decline provides a bright spot amid concerns about our national opioid epidemic.