To Address Opioids And Diseases Of Despair, Communities Must Build Resilience

January 5, 2018

Benjamin F. Miller,  Larissa Estes

In the face of a fire, it’s natural—and essential—to reach for a fire extinguisher. The urgency we all feel to put a stop to a crisis, to relieve the immediate danger, can be palpable. This is the situation that we’re facing with one of the biggest, most uncontrollable “fires” burning in our country today: the epidemic of opioid and alcohol misuse, drug overdose, and growing rates of suicide.

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