In America, we’ve experienced four decades of progress against preventable deaths. We’ve cut death rates for motor vehicle accidents, homicides and smoking. That was before the opioid epidemic, which has driven the national death rate from overdoses to 9.3 per 100,000 in 2015, up from 0.4 in 1975. What once was rarely seen is now commonplace. Money is being spent, commissions formed, media attention growing, but have we tackled the issue in a meaningful way? Dr. Jon Zibbell, a senior public health analyst at RTI International, who formerly worked at the CDC, will detail the nature of the problem and how difficult it will be to combat.
THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC AND THE SOUTHERN BORDER
Sam Quinones, author of ‘Dreamland’, tackles a number of topics pertinent to our nation.