Opinion: Opiate and misuse – The toll on society and solutions moving forward

It never leaves them alone.

He sold his parents’ television, even after they changed the house locks as counseling instructed. They were waiting for a place for outpatient treatment, but he reused before they could get him there. Now they are waiting for the call, not that he’s in jail, but…

This isn’t everyone’s story, but many of us know this story exactly. Too often family members, schools, coaches, businesses and communities ponder about the life lost and “What could have been?” The numbers are staggering.