CDC data underscores need for immediate action to address the pain in the nation

December 21, 2017

By Benjamin F. Miller

Sad. Frustrated. Angry. Challenged. Motivated.

These are a few of the feelings I had today when I saw the recent CDC data on drug deaths that came out today. As we called out last month, incrementalism is insufficient, and what we need is a more comprehensive approach to help stop these deaths. In our Pain in the Nation report, we call out the need to clarify the National Resilience Strategy for well-being. At the Well Being Trust, we’re committed to working across sectors to crystallize and catalyze local action to advance evidence-based policies, programs and practices needed to achieve success and address these epidemics.

In the meantime, as we gather with friends and family for the holidays, I am reflecting on the blog post my colleague Tyler Norris wrote upon the release of the Pain In the Nation report leading up to Thanksgiving. I encourage you to read it, and to engage with friends, family and neighbors this holiday season — to show you care, and to find out how you can support their health, so we can all #BeWell in the New Year.

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