1. This epidemic is costing the U.S. economy and loss of life is significant. According to HHS, it has been estimated to be costing the U.S. economy $55 billion in health and social costs and an additional $20 billion in emergency department and inpatient care for poisonings.
From 2000 to 2015 more than half-a-million people died from drug overdoses and 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to the CDC.
“This national problem is getting worse, not better,” says Kent Runyon, Novus Medical Detox Center’s compliance officer and vice president of community relations. “There needs to be a sense of urgency in our response to this. The use of the word ‘epidemic’ is appropriate given the extent of the problem however; our response to it and the coverage of it by the media does not match the degree of destruction it is causing.”
Investment into effective strategies on this issue will provide returns on many levels now and into the future, Runyon adds.