As opioids overdose deaths keep rising, report urges lawmakers to develop new approaches

A wall at Harm Reduction Action Center in Denver, pictured Aug. 31, 2021, bears framed photos of people lost to drug overdose. (Faith Miller/Colorado Newsline)

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers should view America’s staggering opioid crisis, including the rise of illicit fentanyl, through an “ecosystems” approach, argues a massive RAND Corporation report published Thursday.

That means they should examine the gaps and interconnections among emergency response, data collection, education, treatment, housing and law enforcement, the report advises.

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