Regardless of age, gender, race, socioeconomic status or neighborhood, our community's drug problem is an ever present epidemic that is crippling our community, taxing our systems and devastating our families. In 2015 alone, we are on track to reach a rate of 145 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people -- over 10 times the national average.
While the above maps show the widespread nature of this scourge, we must not only continue, but expand, support for those working every day on the front lines in this battle - the community organizations, both secular and faith-based, law enforcement, the clergy, schools, the health care community and broken families. To have any chance in this war, we will all need to come together and implement a comprehensive plan that addresses prevention, intervention, treatment and law enforcement.
For an overview of the situation and discussion of an integrated approach, click on the City's newest publication - the Mayor's Office of Drug Control Policy - Strategic Plan- released on August 24, 2015.