This month we're looking at the opioid crisis in a three-part series covering the background on the crisis, three treatment models states are using to save lives, and where they find funding to support these models. We appreciate your comments and suggestions for future topics.

Opioids Crisis Solutions Series Part 1

How opioids took America by surprise, and what states can do

By Ravi Jackson

The opioids crisis has been all over the news for a reason. The effects are far reaching and often devastating for those with addictions, as well as their loved ones, the community, and health and social services agencies. In this three-part series on opioids crisis solutions, I hope to provide perspective on this issue, look at some responses around the nation, and inspire states to take action... Read the post

Opioids Crisis Solutions Series Part 2

Three opioid treatment models that states are using to save lives

By Ravi Jackson

In her work as a peer support specialist for Project Lazarus, Brooke Stanley has helped hundreds of people with addiction issues. This is especially notable because, a recovering addict herself, Brooke's story could have ended quite differently. Discussed in Opioids Crisis Solutions Series Part 1, the opioid epidemic claims the lives of approximately six Americans every hour, almost six times the toll of either HIV/Aids or cancer... Read the post

Opioids Crisis Solutions Series Part 3

How states find funding to stem the crisis

By Ravi Jackson

New Hampshire, like many other states, has struggled with the effects of the opioids crisis. Currently burdened with the third highest overdose rate in the country, it sees 39 overdoses per 100,000 people. As a rural state, it can be difficult for those who need help with addiction services to access the treatment they need... Read the post

In Other News

Current articles/videos of interest across the web (in case you missed them):

  • The Project Lazarus Model: The Project Lazarus Model is a public health model based on the twin premises that overdose deaths are preventable and that all communities are responsible for their own health... - via Project Lazarus
  • This Viral Obituary is a Powerful Reminder about the Opioid Epidemic: Last week, Maddie Ellen Linsenmeir's obituary went viral. Her obituary went viral because it was beautiful and achingly honest. Because it addressed the manner of Maddie's death, which was opioid addiction, in an up-front way we don't often see... - via Elephant Journal