The opioid crisis has become one of the most dramatic events in the history of our nation, the first major national crisis to be directly linked to the opioid epidemic.
Yet, as with any major public health crisis, there are some important things to keep in mind about how this crisis is being handled, as it comes to a head, in the coming weeks.1.
It’s an epidemic that is taking place in our country, but it’s not a crisis that’s exclusively affecting certain demographics.
This is because many of the opioid users and users of prescription opioids in the United States are disproportionately white, and in some cases, people of color.
For example, people with mental health issues and people of Hispanic descent are disproportionately affected.2.
The opioid epidemic has not been a major issue for Republicans and Democrats in the past.
In the last election cycle, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden did not have any major issues in addressing the opioid issue.
However, this time around, there has been a significant uptick in the opioid use of Republicans.
In fact, over the last year, the percentage of Republicans who said they had used prescription opioids to treat opioid addiction has jumped to over 10 percent.3.
It has been happening for several years now, but now it is affecting more and more Americans.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that prescription opioids accounted for almost half of the heroin overdoses in the U.S. in 2015.4.
In other words, the opioid addiction epidemic is not an issue only for those who are addicted to prescription opioids.
For many of us, the issue is also affecting more people of all ages and races, as well as those with disabilities.5.
The number of opioid overdoses continues to increase.
According to the Centers for Health and Human Services, the number of people dying from opioid overdoses is on the rise.
The total number of deaths from opioid-related overdoses in 2016 was almost 7.3 million, according to the CDC.
This number represents a 33 percent increase over 2015.6.
While there are people who are dying from the opioid overdose epidemic, we need to remember that we’re talking about a national epidemic.
The majority of people who die from opioid addiction are men.
While the number and severity of opioid-involved overdose deaths in 2015 was more than three times that of women, the gender gap in the number who die is more than 30 percent.7.
We need to keep reminding ourselves that this is not a pandemic, it is a problem that is being faced by the American people.8.
We must make the opioid abuse crisis a priority.
President Trump’s executive order directing the Department of Health and Humans Services to “develop and implement plans to reduce and eliminate the use of opioid analgesics and other opioid painkillers by Federal employees and contractors.”9.
This week, the Senate is expected to vote on a bipartisan effort to enact a $1.6 trillion health care bill that would allow states to bypass the federal government and provide free or reduced-cost health insurance to their citizens.10.
There are many other resources available to those struggling with opioid addiction.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is one of many resources available for people who have been impacted by addiction.
In addition, we can also look to the American Cancer Society, which provides information on opioid treatment and how to get started.
If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.