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America's Opioid Addiction

A look inside America's opioid epidemic: How it is impacting our communities, and what medical professionals and policymakers are doing to stamp out the addiction.

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Across the country, the need for addiction treatment is accelerating beyond the available resources. (Associated Press/File)

Opioid battle takes time, funding

- The Washington Times

Those on the front lines of southern Massachusetts' opioid crisis are trying to solve the problem by connecting to one addict at a time. It is a slow, painful process with few victories and scarcer funding. It is also a story playing out across the country, with the need for addiction treatment accelerating beyond the available resources.

Law enforcement authorities are learning that the traditional approach to curbing drug abuse isn’t working. Instead, the opioid crisis has forced police across the country to assume unfamiliar roles as drug counselors and social workers. (Associated Press/File)

Opioid crisis adds social work to police duties

- The Washington Times

The surge of powerful opioids and record number of deadly overdoses are forcing law enforcement to change the way they do their jobs, adding social work and education to their traditional role of crime-fighting as they scramble to combat the threat.

An estimated 167 Americans, many of them young, die each day from opioid abuse. “Nobody has seen anything like what’s going on now,” President Trump said in October 2017 while addressing the worsening drug epidemic that has gripped the nation. (Associated Press/File)

Opioid abuse numbers show health crisis worsening

- The Washington Times

Accidental overdose, heroin, struggle with addiction -- those words follow the loving remembrances by families to describe their sons and daughters, brothers and sisters. They plead that others don't suffer the same fate.