White House Reports Drug Overdose Spike

Opioid use up by 27% in 2020.

Regina LaBelle, the acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, gave a briefing this past week regarding nationwide overdoses. “We lost 88,000 people in the 12-month period ending in August 2020,” Regina LaBelle told reporters. “Illicitly manufactured fentanyl and synthetic opioids are the primary drivers of this increase.”

She unveiled a seven-part plan to help curb this steep rise in the next year, but certain details are still up in the air. Safe drug-use sites could potentially be installed but will have to wait until after Department of Justice roles are filled to have them weigh in on the policy.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For God to give Acting Director LaBelle wisdom as the administration addresses this situation.
  • For federal agencies to work cooperatively to combat the opioid crisis in the coming year.
  • That the president and his Cabinet would seek God’s guidance as solutions are considered.

Sources: AP, NPR


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