The opioid crisis continues to permeate all sectors of American society. Opioid-related deaths now represent 20% of all deaths among adults between the ages of 25 and 35. Almost 80% of synthetic opioid–related overdose deaths in 2016 involved another drug or alcohol, like heroin, cocaine, prescription opioids, benzodiazepines, or psychostimulants. With polysubstance use on the rise, what steps should the next Administration take to ensure a reduction in overdose deaths? Join a discussion with clinicians, researchers and former policy makers on the best evidence in substance use prevention, treatment and recovery, and examples of promising practices at the local level that can guide efforts as the current crisis evolves.
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