I want to see us make progress in reducing the number of overdose fatalities. Knowing these heart-wrenching deaths are preventable, I have made it my mission to study the research and understand the science well enough to be an effective advocate, to promote the interventions proven to save lives elsewhere.
It’s frustrating though. Needed reform is not all that complicated, but there are so many barriers.
I do know that our lawmakers hold the cards. And I’ve realized, sadly, that some of those in power simply don’t care. They may pretend to care, paying lip service to the overdose epidemic being a priority. But without follow-up initiatives, or the allocation of sufficient resources, their words ring hollow.