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Congress must act to help curb prescription drug abuse

from Detroit Free Press

President Barack Obama writes, “Last fall [2015], I listened as a mother named Cary Dixon told her family’s story at a forum I convened in West Virginia. It was heartbreaking. Cary’s adult son has struggled with a substance use disorder for years, and she described the pain that families like hers have gone through. ‘We dread the next phone call,’ she said. ‘We don’t take vacations for fear of the next crisis. We come back from vacations because there’s a crisis.’ Cary and her family are far from alone. As the use of prescription drugs has increased over the past 15 or 20 years, so has their misuse — as well as the wreckage caused by other opioids like heroin.” more

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