It is by now widely recognized that the United States is in the midst of a massive opioid drug epidemic. Fueled initially by prescription drug overuse, opioid abuse is now the leading cause of death of people under 50. In 2016 alone, there was an excess of 50,000 deaths from opioid overdoses. The National Survey of Drug Use and Health reported that 11.5 million people misused prescription opioids and attributed 17,087 deaths to overdosing on commonly prescribed opioids. In 2017, the CEA Report: The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis estimated the financial cost of this epidemic to American society to reach as high as $500 billion.
The opioid epidemic knows no geographical or demographic boundaries. It impacts the lives of individuals and families in urban and rural communities, and has exacted a devastating toll on both minority and non-minority populations. To be sure, the burden has not been evenly distributed. For example, across the U. S., Latino opioid fatalities per 100,000 increased 52.5 percent from 2014 to 2016, compared with 45.8 percent for whites and 83.9 percent for African-Americans. The reasons for this discrepancy are not fully understood. It is clear, however, that prevention and treatment programs need to be adapted to each community’s local needs and concerns, such as the chemical composition of the drugs, language and cultural barriers to seeking care, and fear of deportation, to name but a few.
SAE & Associates recognizes both the impact of this devastating epidemic and the profound gap in resources and knowledge that must be overcome to address this plague. Now available to the behavioral health public sector is a comprehensive, multi-faceted opioid addiction treatment, prevention, and evaluation resource: the SAE-TPE team.
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