Washington (December 21, 2017) – Jessica Hulsey Nickel, president and chief executive officer of the Addiction Policy Forum, issued the following statement on the report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that shows 63,600 people died from a drug overdose in 2016:
“The grim numbers released today by the CDC reinforce that we are losing a generation of Americans to addiction, a preventable and treatable disease. To put the numbers in perspective, we lose the equivalent of nearly three sold-out 747s every week to drug overdose deaths; seven if we include alcohol related deaths. Enough is enough.
“We simply don’t have a moment to waste when it comes to helping families who are struggling. We must get people access to the quality care, resources and information they need. We need everyone at the table to address this crisis and help save lives.
“The Addiction Policy Forum has proposed an eight-point plan that was developed by impacted families and experts in the field. While there is no silver bullet for ending addiction, we know that a comprehensive approach will get us on the right path to ending this public health crisis.
“As we prepare for the holidays with family and friends, let’s make a point to remember those we have lost to addiction – 174 a day – as well as those who are still struggling and looking for answers. Today’s report is a reminder that America must double – or triple – down on its approach to this epidemic. We will only be successful if we do so together.”
The Addiction Policy Forum
The Addiction Policy Forum is a 501(c)3 established in 2015 as a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers, and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction, and to improve programs and policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, and criminal justice reform. Jessica Hulsey Nickel, whose own family was devastated by addiction, is the founder of a coalition of 1,700 families impacted by substance use disorders and is available for further explanation and interviews by media. A copy of the Forum’s 2018 - 2021 plan can be found here.
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