The Opioid Epidemic: Where Do the Numbers Stand and Where Can We Focus Our Efforts? A Video and Interview

JPHMP presents Preventing America’s Next Drug Epidemic: A Multidisciplinary Approach, a new series designed to introduce the many facets of substance abuse, and how integrating the work of multiple partners may be the best approach towards prevention and treatment.

Elena Vidrascu, MSc

This month’s post includes a video depicting the current status of the opioid epidemic, with an estimated 1.6 million more people projected to die from drug overdoses, alcohol, or suicide by 2025. With this alarming statistic, Trust for America’s Health recently released the Pain in the Nation report, which calls for a National Resilience Strategy. Watch the video below to hear what Captain Tara Tucker, affiliated with EMS Division Emergency Services, has to say about how Forsyth County, North Carolina, has been implementing some of the recommended strategies. You will learn about harm reduction approaches, efforts taken to educate the public on misuse and to prevent the next generation from following in others’ footsteps, and you will hear from Travis Whittaker, a person in recovery, on the importance of family in aiding treatment.

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Elena Vidrascu, MSc, recently graduated from Wake Forest University with her MSc in Physiology and Pharmacology. Her primary field of interest is substance abuse, with goals to disseminate information to the public, including addicts and those in recovery, and to influence policy change to push for more integrative approaches towards prevention and treatment. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, hiking, doing puzzles, and cuddling with her kitten Maple.

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