• NortCoast

    Unmentioned in this article is the synthetic opiate crisis.
    Housewives, athletes, medical professionals, you name it, are struggling with dependency or actual addiction to the oxycodone / hydrocodone family of synthetic opiates.
    Many of these people began their substance abuse because of pain or illness. Finding these substances is fairly easy…ceasing to take them is much more difficult. Now we’re seeing street prices of prescription synthetic opiates as high as $80-$100 a pill. Again, few notice the person is struggling with opiate addiction until they’re in an ER. a morgue or simply break down and confess to friends or families.

    How about mandating Big Pharma to cough up some of the money needed for treatment? The big manufacturers are good at two things…denying liability and increasing profits.

  • Kathy Koenigsdorf

    How are Nonprofits Faring in the Spotlight of the Opiate Epidemic?

    That depends on where your stake lies.

    By “faring” are we considering direct community impact or the creation of lucrative employment opportunities?

    According to Guidestar, a search for “addiction and substance abuse” in New York state produced
    328 Nonprofits, twenty classified in the $5M to $10M category based on income.

    A filed IRS 990 from one NY non profit in the “addiction and substance abuse” category reported revenue of $1.1 million with $822,000. in salaries to 18 people for the year 2013.

    I would say as a business they are doing well.

    If positive impact on the community is the focus, why are there so many people not getting the help they need?

    Kathy Koenigsdorf
    The Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation

    According to a SAMHSA report using data from 2013 – 21 million (8.2% of our entire country) Americans are reported to have a SUD (Substance use disorder) and only 4.1 Million received any form of treatment.

    The treatment industry is an estimated 35 Billion industry, yes that is a “B” and the number of NPs being born as a result of the America addiction crisis is growing.

    Let’s face it, people with an active substance abuse disorder/ addiction are not cute dolphins, skinny dogs, or starving 3rd world refugee children; they are Americas’ children though. They are filling our courts, our jails, our emergency rooms, our funeral homes, and our cemeteries .

    So, how are nonprofits doing in the current Opiate Epidemic?

    Depends on who you ask.

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