Where Help Is Offered, Lives Are Saved


"Imagine going into a police station with drugs on you. You ask for help, and instead of getting arrested, you get access to treatment. 

Towns like Dixon, Ill., are doing just that: Fighting the growing epidemic of drug overdose in our nation by taking action at a community level. 

Our culture is at a crossroads. We need to ask ourselves, “What can we do to help stop the opioid epidemic?” 

A study released from the CDC last month shows the number of drug overdoses has never been higher. Between 2010 and 2015, the rate of drug overdose deaths in the United States increased in 30 states and Washington, D.C. Eighty percent of new heroin users started on prescription drugs, and 60 people die from opioid painkiller overdoses every day. Sadly, research over the past year shows that number is growing."

 

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