Reach out Speak out
An interview in The Washington Post published February 7, 2014 (after the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman was attributed to a heroin overdose), included these statements by the reporter Harold Pollack and his interviewee, Keith Humphreys, a professor at Stanford:
“ . . . in 1999 there were about 4,000 prescription opiate overdoses. In 2010, there were about 16,000.” “The fact that we’ve got 16,000 people a year dying from pure or legally-manufactured opiate analgesics shows you that it’s really not about the unpredictability of illegal markets, it’s about the drugs per se.” “Overdosing is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, accounting for more deaths than traffic fatalities or gun homicides and suicides.”
As a parent and member of the community, what is your response to these statistics and what, if anything, do you think we should be doing about it?