The U.S. is still in a battle against the coronavirus pandemic, but a different medical crisis is capturing headlines this week. More than 100-thousand Americans died of drug overdoses between May of 2020 and April 2021… marking the first time that drug-related deaths surpassed six figures in a 12-month period.
Opioids have garnered a lot of attention over the last couple of years. The question is how can the U.S. overcome this deadly situation?
CGTN’s Owen Fairclough takes a look.
Joining the discussion:
- Keith Humphreys is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Section Director for Mental Health Policy at Stanford University.
- David Gastfriend is the chief medical officer of DynamiCare Health.
- Mike Vigil is the former chief of international operations for the U.S. Drug.
- Georges C. Benjamin is the executive director of the American Public Health Association.
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