Skyrocketing rates of fentanyl deaths led to the deadliest year for opioid overdoses ever
The new figures aren’t surprising to opioid policy experts such as Leo Beletsky, an associate professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University. “They indicate that, in many places around the U.S., the response continues to miss the mark.” Beletsky [said].
“These data are devastating, and further underscore the need for an all-hands-on-deck approach from health systems and communities to provide compassionate, evidence based care,” Honora Englander, an assistant professor of medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, told Gizmodo. “This is not a moral failing or a choice. It’s a ruthlessly painful condition.” … “We need to build systems that include the voices of people who are suffering from opioid use disorder,” she added. “Including them at the policy and treatment level is so important.”
Original Article (Gizmodo):
Skyrocketing Rates of Fentanyl Deaths Led to the Deadliest Year for Opioid Overdoses Ever
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