Babies are born suffering from drug addiction withdrawals at a historic pace, increasing five-fold across the U.S. between 2003 and 2012.
Subsidies from Washington aren’t the answer — they just neutralize that rugged, self-reliant, innovative rural spirit. A broader economic solution would be to provide incentives that attract entrepreneurs back to invest in their former hometowns.
The American foster care system is in a state of crisis, strained by a massive influx of children since 2011 fueled by the opioid epidemic and general drug abuse.
Maine’s legislature passed a bill banning certain courtesy gifts for physicians last week in the state’s latest attempt to combat its opioid crisis. The state has seen a 40 percent increase in drug overdose deaths in the last year.
Of course we must police pill mills and train physicians better on the risks of overprescribing, but the near-exclusive attention on the medical and prescribing part of opioids is insufficient.