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Impacts of the Opioid Epidemic on Families and Children
Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic has significant impact and consequences on our children and families. Whether it is an infant born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), children in kinship care where parental drug use was a factor, or a pregnant woman suffering from opioid-use disorder (OUD), the experiences have lifelong impacts on families and children. Continue reading  >>

Impacts of the Opioid Epidemic on Related Diseases
One of the downstream health effects of the opioid epidemic is the spread of infectious diseases. Injection drug use, in particular, increases the chance of transmitting HIV and Hepatitis C. Opioid misuse and abuse has also been associated with increased risk of other diseases, including cellulitis, osteomyelitis, and endocarditis. Continue reading  >>

Impacts of the Opioid Epidemic on the Economy
The economic cost of the opioid crisis stretches far beyond the person suffering from this disease. Business owners and industries are impacted through loss of life, time away from work to get healthy and lack of workforce because of a criminal history related to an opioid use disorder. As thousands die each year because of this disease, the economic impacts will continue to be far reaching.

Impacts of the Opioid Epidemic on the Criminal Justice System
There is a connection between a person’s opioid use and their involvement in the criminal justice system. This connection impacts the entire system from the court system to the cost of incarceration and probation to recidivism rates. Access to treatment, particularly medication assisted treatment, is critical to stop this cycle. 

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