Our region has recognized the realities of the opioid epidemic, and that it spreads across the country, not just in our area. There has been a lot of discussion about overdose deaths and Naloxone. But how much discussion have you heard about the effects of the opioid epidemic on the children, adolescents, indeed, the family of the person who is caught up in the abuse of opioids?
The National Institutes of Health’s U.S. National Library of Medicine shares that opioid-related deaths have increased over the past 20 years. But during that time, the attention given to impact on children and families has been very little.