Cost of drug addiction hits billions

Cost of drug addiction hits billions


>>THERE WERE 66 OVERDOSES LAST WEEK. EMILY: RATTLING OFF OVERDOSE NUMBERS, HAS BECOME A BIT TOO ROUTINE FOR NEWTOWN POLICE CHIEF TOM SYNAN. HE’S BEEN TRACKING THE STATISTICS SINCE 2015 AS INTERDICTION CHAIRMAN FOR THE HAMILTON COUNTY HEROIN COALITION.>>WHEN WE STARTED WE STARTED WITH, 20-25 OVERDOSES A WEEK WITH 1-2 DEATHS, WE’RE NOW AT 50:70 WITH 4-5 DEATHS A WEEK. — 50 TO 70 WITH 4-5 DEATHS A WEEK. EMILY: AS THE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO CLIMB, THE GREATER CINCINNATI AREA HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE EPI CENTERS FOR THE OPIOID CRISIS. IT’S AN UNFLATTERING LABEL CREATING LONG-LASTING EFFECTS ON OHIO’S ECONOMY.>>WHENEVER YOU GET ATTACHED TO THOSE TYPES OF TERMINOLOGY, IT DOES HAVE AN IMPACT ECONOMICALLY BECAUSE THAT MAY PREVENT A BUSINESS FROM COMING IN. EMILY: TODAY ON CAPITOL HILL, ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE DEWINE AND OHIO SENATORS ROB PORTMAN AND SHERROD BROWN ALL ADDRESSED THE ISSUE.>>BY ONE ESTIMATE, THIS RECOVERY, THIS CRISIS, I’M SORRY, HAS COST OUR ECONOMY MORE THAN $70 BILLION, TO SAY NOTHING OF THE PHYSICAL, SOCIAL, AND EMOTIONAL COSTS TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WHO COPE WITH ADDICTIO EMILY: CHIEF SYNAN SAYS BROWN, PORTMAN AND DEWINE HAVE ALL BEEN TREMENDOUS IN SUPPORTING THE FIGHT AGAINST OPIOIDS AND REALIZE IT STARTS WITH CHANGING PUBLIC PERCEPTION THAT DRUG ADDICTION IS A DISEASE, NOT A CHOICE>>THE IRONY IS THAT AS WE HAVE CHANGED THE CULTURE IN REGARD TO TOBACCO, FOR A LONG TIME WE’VE GONE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, IN REGARD TO OPIATES WE’VE GONE IN THE ABSOLUTELY WRONG DIRECTION. WE CAN TURN THIS AROUND. EMILY: LAST WEEK, DEWINE FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST FIVE MAJOR PHARMACUETICAL COMPANIES CLAIMING THOSE COMPANIES HEAVY MARKETING AND MISINFORMATION LED

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