Register for the National Issues Forum discussion
National Issues Forums (NIF) is a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues. It is rooted in the simple notion that people need to come together to reason and talk—to deliberate about common problems.
What Should We Do About the Opioid Epidemic?
Drug abuse, a problem the United States has faced for decades, has taken a sharply more lethal turn with the rise of opioids—both legal pain-killers, such as oxycodone and fentanyl, and illegal ones like heroin. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.
More than 64,000 Americans were killed by drug overdoses in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That is worse than the death toll at the peak of the HIV epidemic in 1995 and more than the number of US combat deaths in the entire Vietnam War. At least two-thirds of those 2016 drug deaths were caused by opioids.
This National Issues Forum will present three options for deliberation. Each option is based on differing views about what we hold most valuable. Each represents a general direction and suggests a number of actions that can be carried out by different people or groups.
Option 1: Focus on Treatment for All
Option 2: Focus on Enforcement
Option 3: Focus on Individual Choice
Check out a copy of the guidebook from the Library in advance and come ready to discuss!
This is a Choose Civility Southern Maryland event.www.stmalib.org/events/National-Issues-Forum/