Overdose deaths accounted for more deaths in 2020 than car crashes, gun violence, and HIV-AIDS combined.

The opioid epidemic has killed over half a million people in the US since 1999. 15 states have agreed to abandon their fight to block the bankruptcy plan of Purdue pharma, maker of Oxycotin. In exchange, Purdue will release 10s of millions of documents and pay a settlement expected to reach 4.5 billion dollars. The Sackler family, the owners of Purdue, will agree to cede ownership, but will not have to admit their responsibility in fueling the opioid epidemic and will also be protected from future lawsuits.

Back to school is just around the corner! Be aware of increased peer influence and stress from school on top of the ongoing stress from the pandemic. Teens may turn to substances as ways to cope with stress. Help your teen find healthy alternatives to relieve stress, such as art, sports, or games with friends.

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