Guzzardi: More Border Patrol Agents Needed To Curb Opioid Crisis
Guzzardi: More Border Patrol agents needed to curb opioid crisis
The United States is in the grip of its worst heroin and opioid epidemic since the post-World War II era more than 60 years ago, according to the State Department’s International Narcotics Control Report. In 2015, more than 52,000 U.S. deaths were directly related to drug overdoses, with the majority of those involving a prescription or illicit opioid.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin, has quadrupled.
From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. Particularly vulnerable are residents in high poverty …