The opioid crisis in America has left no one untouched. It has ravaged all demographics and regions, leaving no stone unturned. From high school students, to business executives, mothers, fathers, and friends, everyone has been impacted in some way by the epidemic that has swept across the nation. With overdose death rates climbing higher and higher each year, and resources to help those that are struggling becoming exhausted, the entire country has been left to answer the question “What do we do?” From devastated parents to politicians, everyone is searching for a solution. Lawsuits have been filed against pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies have begun to crack down on prescription practices, and law enforcement agencies have changed their policies in regards to dealing with addicted individuals. Opiate detox programs are in place, but not everyone wants to get help. As the pressure mounts from citizens who have been effected, governments too are changing their legislation. Below are five states that have begun fighting back in the battle against addiction.
While the fight against the opioid epidemic is far from over, many states have progressed from the “not in my neighborhood” mentality that was once so common. Citizens and politicians alike are demanding action, as their communities have been devastated by the death tolls resulting from opiate overdoses. The process seems to be by trial and error, as today’s public health emergency is one that has been unprecedented in the United States. With government bodies now working closely with residents in their home states, the gap is being bridged between idea and legislation. Although many questions regarding the solution to the opioid crisis remain unanswered, one thing is clear: Americans everywhere are searching for and demanding action; and the government has begun to respond.