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Official Statement on New CDC Data on Drug Overdose Deaths

November 29, 2018

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"This morning, the Centers for Disease Control released data showing 70,237 people died from drug overdose in the U.S. in 2017 -- a sign that we are still going in the wrong direction when it comes to addressing addiction. We’re losing 192 people a day to overdose deaths — like a plane crash every day America. These are our sons and daughters, parents, friends, siblings and neighbors at the epicenter of this epidemic. We need a comprehensive response to substance use disorders that focuses on integrating treatment into our healthcare system and helping patients and families in crisis with early detection and intervention. We can do better."
- Jessica Hulsey Nickel, Addiction Policy Forum President

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Jessica Hulsey Nickel

Jessica began working in prevention at 15 years old through an anti-drug coalition in southern California. The next chapters included an appointment by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Drug-Free Communities Commission, serving as a legislative aid in the U.S. House of Representatives, and work to pass and fund the Second Chance Act to help individuals returning home from prison and jail. In 2015, Jessica founded the Addiction Policy Forum to help families and patients struggling with the disease of addiction. Frustrated by the lack of progress in improving outcomes for those individuals and families struggling, she started the nonprofit with $13,000 from her own savings account and long hours at the dining room table. Read more about Jessica Hulsey Nickel.