More than 72,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2017. That death count is higher than the yearly death tolls from HIV, car crashes or gun deaths. According to the CDC, 48,000 people died from opioid-related overdoses in the last year. Since 2013, 170,000 opioid-related deaths have occurred. The death toll, as caused by opioids, is staggering and epidemic. It’s tremendously ironic that a company largely credited for contributing to the addiction epidemic would now want to profit from its treatment.
As that death toll related to overdose and addiction continues to rise, something needs to be done on a systemic level. We need a solution based on new health initiatives, public health, and stigmatization, rather than allow the company which largely created the problem to continue to profit from it.