Responding to America’s Opioids Crisis
Please join WOLA as we explore the scope of the U.S. overdose problem and the best mix of policies to address it, overseas and at home.28 Feb 2019 | 1666 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, SUITE 400, WASHINGTON, DC, 20009
On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Illicitly produced synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and its analogues are playing an increasing role in this crisis, with fatal overdoses attributed to such drugs soaring from less than 3,000 in 2012 to more than 28,000 in 2017.
The Trump administration has claimed that a crackdown on illicit Chinese manufacturing of fentanyl and construction of a “wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border will stem the flow of illegal drugs and save lives.
What can actually be achieved by efforts to curtail supplies of opioids overseas and at the border? What domestic policies can make the biggest difference in reducing drug overdose deaths, especially in view of the growing role of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids?Share this on: