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DEBRIEF: HEALing Communities Study in Cayuga County takes on addiction (podcast)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion per year. This includes the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.

It’s a big number, and translates to very real, equally sad outcomes. Data from 2018 shows that there are 128 fatal overdoses in the U.S. every day; and it’s a problem that’s getting worse in many communities.

Throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic, experts in addiction treatment say there is a looming wave of addiction data brought on by economic shutdown, loss of jobs, and months of being ‘locked down’.

Today we debrief the topic of addiction – speaking with Monika Salvage about the HEALing Communities Study in Cayuga County.