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How far does damage from opioid addiction extend?

Written by Weston Coward
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  1. Data USA’s map compiles data from the University of Wisconsin’s County Health Rankings.
  2. Economist, "America’s opioid epidemic is worsening," March 6, 2017, www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/03/daily-chart-3.
  3. German Lopez, "I used to support legalizing all drugs. Then the opioid epidemic happened," Vox, April 20, 2017, www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/4/20/15328384/opioid-epidemic-drug-legalization.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Drug overdose death data," www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/statedeaths.html, accessed May 4, 2017.
  5. Natasha Slesnick, Xin Feng, Brittany Brakenhoff, and Gregory S. Brigham, "Parenting under the influence: The effects of opioids, alcohol, and cocaine on mother-child interaction," Addictive Behaviors, February 15, 2014.
  6. Nancy K. Young, Sharon M. Boles, and Cathleen Otero, "Parental substance use disorders and child maltreatment: Overlaps, gaps, and maltreatment," Child Maltreatment 12(2), 2007, pp. 137–49, www.cffutures.org/files/publications/Young%202007%20full%20text_0.pdf.
  7. Cited by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, http://drugfree.org/learn/drug-and-alcohol-news/opioid-abuse-leading-children-sent-foster-care/, accessed 1 May 2017.
  8. Theresa Wiltz, "Drug addiction epidemic creates crisis in foster care," October 7, 2016, www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2016/10/07/drug-addiction-epidemic-creates-crisis-in-foster-care.
  9. US Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau, "Trends in foster care and adoption," June 30, 2016, www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/trends-in-foster-care-and-adoption-fy15.
  10. For examples of success stories of fighting opioids through creating ecosystems, see Kevin Bingham, Terri Cooper, and Lindsay Musser Hough, Fighting the opioid crisis: An ecosystem approach to a wicked problem, Deloitte University Press, August 15, 2016, https://dupress.deloitte.com/dup-us-en/industry/public-sector/fighting-opioid-crisis-heroin-abuse-ecosystem-approach.html.
Weston Coward
Weston Coward
Business Analyst, Deloitte
Weston is a Business Analyst in Deloitte Consulting’s Federal practice, where he supports strategic communications and business readiness efforts across a variety of agencies. Weston grew up on his family farm in Henderson, KY. There, he developed a love for solving problems (albeit of a different kind), the outdoors, and the community around him.