A Root Cause of the Opiate Drug Abuse Epidemic by Ashley Brody

Behavioral Health News Winter 2020 Issue

An epidemic of opiate abuse and addiction continues to ravage communities throughout the United States. Approximately 183,000 Americans succumbed to opiate overdoses between 1999 and 2015, and countless more have suffered the ancillary effects of addiction that include the loss of employment, shattered relationships, chronic and debilitating health conditions, and encounters with law enforcement officials and the criminal justice system, to cite but a few (U.S. Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee Report, 2018). Continued on page 23.