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From densely populated cities to quiet rural towns, the opioid epidemic has ballooned into a daunting national crisis with shocking consequences. More than 174 Americans die every day from overdoses, two-thirds of them due to opioids, and public health emergencies have been declared in several states including Maryland and Virginia.
As dealers mix heroin with increasingly powerful substances such as fentanyl, the death toll continues to climb relentlessly, and communities around the country are searching for answers.
To examine the opioid crisis, and highlight efforts to combat the worsening situation, WTOP hosted a comprehensive panel discussion featuring leaders from around the D.C. metro area.
The in-depth conversation explored ways in which federal policy makers, local law enforcement officials, addiction specialists and other experts can work in tandem to respond to the problem and help stem the tide of devastation.