Big numbers obscure individual suffering. An estimated three million Americans live with opioid use disorder (OUD), and over 80,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2021.
Each of those deaths represents an individual tragedy that ripples through families, friends, and communities. Our challenge is to see and be driven by the personal tragedies that make up those big numbers.
We can tackle this problem by focusing on solutions that help individual patients struggling with this debilitating disease.