The opioid crisis is escalating to emergency-level proportions, claiming as many lives as car accidents. When a family member has a drug or alcohol addiction, they have a disease that has the power to affect and hurt their entire family. An addiction can cause tension, miscommunication, and more frequent arguments within a household, raising the stress levels and negativity off all who are within this unhealthy atmosphere.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose rates from prescription opioids were highest among people aged 25 to 54 years. Also, overdose rates from prescription opioids were higher among non-Hispanic whites and American Indian or Alaskan Natives, compared to non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics. Statistics such as these are alarming to Lumbee Country. It is imperative you join us at the 2018 Lumbee Nations Economic Summit to discuss the current opioid crisis with local healthcare leaders.