This article first appeared in Louisville Business First on December 13, 2019.
Despite welcome changes in public policy, billions of dollars in new funding and programs, and the best intentions of civic and community leaders, America’s substance use disorder crisis rages on.
More than 130 people in the United States die every day from overdosing on opioids. Every year since at least 2014, more than 1,000 Kentuckians have died from a drug overdose. On top of this, economists estimate that substance use disorders are driving down workforce participation rates, while prescription opioid misuse alone costs our economy $78.5 billion per year.
Don’t take this as a critique of the important work being done to address the crisis, but as a grim reminder of the challenges we still face and the need to continue searching for solutions.