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Ending drug abuse requires multi-layered solution

Updated: Feb 8, 2018

[BaylorLariat .com Opinion / Editorial - ATTRIBUTION / CREDITS APPEAR BELOW]: There were 28.6 million people abusing illicit drugs, including prescription pills and marijuana, in the United States in 2016, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s 2016 Survey on Drug Abuse and Health. This is nearly 8.8 percent of the U.S. population, a number that is staggering, yet sadly unsurprising. With such an out-of-control drug presence in the United States, cities have taken different approaches to addressing health and safety concerns regarding drug users.

Philadelphia was the most recent city to adopt a somewhat progressive technique of preventing drug overdoses by implementing safe drug injection sites. Many are up in arms about the implications of allowing addicts to have access to their illegal drug of choice without repercussions. However, the internationally recognized opioid epidemic that has plagued our country for years may be fought if the national and international community changes its mindset. ... [CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE]


[CURATED CONTENT: Written by Baylor Lariat staff, February 5, 2018 - originally published on BaylorLariat. com]










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