The news that America is facing a national health crisis in the form of opioid addiction is well known. Last October President Trump declared a national public health emergency, which was extended for a second time in April. What is starting to emerge now is the exact extent of the damage on the lives of those who struggle with substance abuse along with their families and communities. It will take the collective efforts of legislators, doctors, social workers, specialists, and citizens to combat this epidemic.
May has been National Foster Care Month. As the opioid crisis strains the nation's child welfare system, below are several ways that Americans can step up to protect and support vulnerable children and families hurt by addiction.