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BREAKING: President Donald J. Trump declares a National State of Emergency on the Opiate Crisis.
Official statement from Faces & Voices of Recovery Executive Director Patty McCarthy Metcalf:
"We commend the President and his administration for taking this critical step. It can be a game changer for expediting life-saving treatments to those in need as soon as possible. The recovery community is ready to be part of the solution to provide recovery support services to help individuals and families on to their path to long-term recovery from addiction. All-hands-on-deck!"

The federal Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis last week released its much anticipated recommendations. Some of them were bold and constructive, including calling for the president to declare a national state of emergency, a move that would bring about urgent coordinated actions between state and federal authorities to address the opioid crisis. But a critical piece to solving this challenge—supporting people in recovery—was completely missing.

Parallel to the understanding growing that incarcerating our way out of substance use disorder just doesn’t work for people and that prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery support services are far more humane and effective, there is now a new target enemy in War On Drugs 2.0: the drug dealers.

The opioid epidemic in our community is frightening. While our politicians, law enforcement, judicial system and medical community search for an answer, ROCovery FITness is doing something about it. ROCovery, one of our members of the Assocation of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO), is providing fitness programming and community support for those in recovery. It’s making a real difference, read about ROCovery inside new edition of the Healthy Edge magazine.

In recovery from drug addiction himself, Arafat, 25, said he understands why someone who uses drugs would be more comfortable talking to him than to a medical professional. “My job is to open myself up and be like a toolbox for them,” he said.

The opioid addiction epidemic is one of America’s foremost health crises. According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) kill more than 33,000 people annually, which is more than any year on record and more than at the peak of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic.1 Opioid abuse/overdose is considered a leading cause of shortened life expectancy in the U.S.2

The nation’s opioid epidemic reflects a complex set of circumstances. The pattern of opioid prescribing—including dose and duration-—and the patient’s risk factors of age, gender and condition are major determinants of whether a patient becomes dependent.3 As cases of opioid use disorder skyrocket among the commercially insured, this data shed new light on the specific prescribing practices and use that pose a significant threat to patient health.

Mr. Carbo, Red Sox sports legend, has devoted his life for the past 23 years to spreading his recovery message that a relationship with Jesus Christ is responsible for his clean and sober life. Speaking with the Times before his presentation, Mr. Carbo said audiences “come to see the ballplayer, but they leave with the message.” He offered hard-won lessons to substance abusers and their families.

Barriers to insurance coverage for substance-use disorder treatment remain, in part because they are hard to identify—for both consumers and regulators, according to a recent analysis of seven major health plans offered in 2015 and 2016 in New York and Maryland.

Medication-assisted treatment is often called the gold standard of addiction care. But much of the country has resisted it.

The opioid epidemic has crippled communities across the United States, spurred a public health crisis, and is responsible for nearly 100 overdose deaths each day.