With an estimated 170 Americans dying every single day from drug overdoses, the Trump Administration is finally preparing to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. Unfortunately, we have seen very little policy action follow.
We need to do better.
This Issue Time will focus on the complexities of addressing this problem, which populations and communities feel the most impact, the role of healthcare and drug treatment centers, and what we can do to support solutions to stop it.
Austin Eubanks is an expert in the addiction treatment industry and a nationally recognized speaker and media contributor on topics surrounding behavioral health and addiction recovery. He is the Chief Operations Officer for Foundry Treatment Center, on the board of directors for Stout Street Foundation, a member of the founding board of directors for 5280 High School, and a featured member of Speakers for Change.
An injured survivor of the Columbine shooting, Austin’s traumatic experience as a teen was the catalyst to his painful journey through addiction. Now in long-term recovery, he has devoted his career to helping those who have turned to substances as a result of trauma. Austin has spoken to hundreds of thousands across the nation regarding his personal journey, as well as strategies for addressing the issues of substance abuse plaguing the nation.
Christopher M. Jones serves as Acting Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Data Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the US Department of Health and Human Services. The Office of Science and Data Policy is the HHS focal point for policy research, analysis, evaluation, and coordination of public health, science, and data policy activities, and provides authoritative advice and analytical support to HHS leadership on public health, science, and data policy issues and initiatives. Prior to joining ASPE, Dr. Jones served as senior advisor in the Office of the Commissioner at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Jones previously led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) drug abuse and overdose activities where he focused on strategic policy development and implementation, engaging national and state partners, and conducting research to improve policy and clinical practice. Dr. Jones has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications on the topic of drug abuse and overdose.
Pastor Greg Delaney is the current Outreach Coordinator for Woodhaven Ohio, a safe place to recover from substance abuse disorders. He is a frequent faith partner for the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Statewide Outreach on Substance Use as well as West Virginia’s Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s Combating Addiction with Grace initiative