The federal government declared the opioid crisis a national emergency, which will make more resources available for states and federal agencies to combat what is being called the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history.
But what does this mean? How did things get bad enough to warrant the same treatment as a natural disaster or terrorist attack?
Social work professor Lori Holleran Steiker and colleagues talked with UT News about what makes the opioid crisis a national emergency. All are affiliated with the university’s Youth Substance Misuse and Addiction Pop-Up Institute, which Holleran Steiker is leading.