July 25, 2020
I learned something fairly terrifying not too long ago. It takes the average person with opiate abuse disorder eight years — eight — to achieve one year of sobriety. That’s the average person.
And with the coronavirus sucking up all the oxygen in our discourse, it’s easy to lose sight of an drug abuse pandemic that shows no signs of abating. In fact, while the U.S. actually experienced a small decline in drug overdose deaths in 2018 — the first such decline in 30 years — that number climbed again last year, to nearly 71,000 Americans. That was the highest number ever.
And that was before the coronavirus pandemic.