Since 2010, the number of deaths involving both cocaine and opioids has more than doubled, according to data culled from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). The opioid crisis has attracted the attention of the Trump administration, and on January 10, 2018, the President signed the INTERDICT Act to “enhance efforts to detect and interdict the supply of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl that are being illegally imported.”
Additionally, the Department of Justice has launched a healthcare fraud crackdown that has since charged more than 400 defendants. While government efforts focus on cracking down on the illicit opioids black market, licensed clinical social workers, or LCSWs, are involved in the advocacy and empowerment of individuals suffering from substance abuse. Through a host of therapy methods and community programs, LCSWs strive to prevent and treat substance abuse.
To learn more, check out the infographic below created by the Regis College Online Master of Social Work program.