Long Island Congregations: An Opioid Superfund to Save Lives

Opioid Addiction, Rev. Gideon Pollach, Joe Morris, Metro IAF

Long Island Congregations: An Opioid Superfund to Save Lives

Monday, February 26, 2018
NY Daily News

In recent weeks, what almost everyone has acknowledged to be a national crisis — the deaths of 64,000 Americans from drug overdoses in 2016 alone, more American deaths than in the entire Vietnam War — has begun to get the attention a national crisis deserves.

The President, in his 2019 proposed budget, requested $5 billion to combat the opioid epidemic — a pittance compared to the scale of the problem, but perhaps a sign that the administration now recognizes the need to act. Purdue Pharma, whose aggressive marketing got many Americans hooked on opioid pain pills in the first place, announced that it would stop promoting OxyContin to doctors and would cut its sales staff in half....