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Experts: Colleges Have Role In Battling Opioid Epidemic

from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Around 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017 alone, a figure that rose more than 22 percent from the year prior. The number of deaths from synthetic opioids has seen a particularly troubling rise. In 2016, 20,000 people died from overdoses, up from 3,000 just three years before. Experts say combatting this public health crisis will take concerted initiatives at the federal level, through public and private partnerships, and in schools, colleges and communities across the nation. According to United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams, pastors, teachers and community leaders will have a crucial role to play. more


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