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The opioid crisis remains one of the most pressing issues of our time. Who succumbs to addiction—and is therefore at risk of dying from a drug overdose—is affected by a variety of factors, but many of them are social. Adults who experience childhood trauma—often at the hands of a family member—are also especially at risk of addiction.
This revised edition of the report, "The Numbers behind the Opioid Crisis," coincides with the 2018 Utah Solutions Summit organized this year to address Utah’s frighteningly high opioid mortality rate. The report updates a number of estimates from the original report with 2016 data, and it includes a special emphasis on the situation in Utah.
The report is meant to be a valuable resource that will help communities in Utah and elsewhere as they develop solutions to this public health emergency.