Understanding the Opioid Epidemic combines stories of people and communities impacted by this epidemic along with information from experts and those at the frontlines of dealing with the epidemic. The program traces the history of how the nation got into this situation and provides possible solutions and directions for dealing with the crisis.
Mississippians are in pain. Doctors prescribe opioids at high rates to treat patients, putting Mississippi near the top for opioid prescriptions. Many citizens have become addicted to pain medication, and find themselves with nowhere to turn. Or turning to the streets for solutions.
As opioid abuse in Mississippi continues to rise, so does the number of children in foster care. Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services says kids in state custody hovers around 6,000. About half the cases are drug-related.Read More
The Mississippi Board of Pharmacy says the board constantly informs pharmacists on safety measures.Read More
The state is 5th in the nation for pain medication prescriptions per capita.Read More