All tagged substance use disorder

Going Beyond the Opioid Crisis: Deaths of Despair

Dr. Donald Burke cautions that “the US has experienced four decades of exponentially increasing overdose deaths, so stabilization in the next 2 to 7 years may be more of a hope than a scientific reality.” One of the reasons for this may be that our current approach to targeting the opioid crisis is like targeting the stems of a weed—no matter how much we cut off, if we don’t address the roots, the weed will just keep coming back.

Child Welfare’s Complicated Relationship with the Opioid Epidemic

Child welfare agencies across the country are seeing the impact of the current opioid epidemic. Reports from public officials, advocates, and those working in the field echo the same sentiment – the crisis is overwhelming. As opioid abuse continues to increase nationwide, the demand for foster care placements is also on the rise. This leads us to wonder what is the relationship, and what does it mean for families and future generations of children? 

In recognition of National Foster Care Month, this article will shed light on the connection between the opioid epidemic and child welfare and contribute to the ongoing dialogue on how policy and practice can better support those working with families entrenched in this devastating crisis.

Will Declaring a National State of Emergency Solve the Opioid Epidemic?

There is no doubt that something needs to change in order to effectively provide the help and care individuals need to combat Opioid Use Disorder. But is declaring a national emergency the solution? This article explains what an official state of emergency actually means, the various laws the administration can use for this kind of declaration, and whether it's an appropriate solution.