“While the legislation passed today is a step in the right direction, greater investments are needed to respond to a crisis of this magnitude,” said Arthur Evans, the CEO of the American Psychological Association. “Only about one in 10 Americans with a substance use disorder receives adequate treatment, and this statistic won’t change without major new investments in the full spectrum of prevention, treatment and recovery services. We did this for HIV/AIDS, and now we need to do it with opioids.”
While deaths from overdoses are starting to peak in some others states, in Georgia they're still increasing. Georgia gutted its state funding for addiction during the recession and has only just restarted it. Georgia deaths from addiction, driven by the opioid crisis, increased by 16 percent last year, according to preliminary data compiled by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
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