President Trump's opioid commission is calling for more federal funding to battle addiction and deadly opioid drug-related overdoses in the United States. More than 175 Americans are dying every day and the Trump administration has declared the opioid crisis a âpublic health emergencyâ. VOA's Chris Simkins takes us to a hard hit Philadelphia neighborhood where the opioid epidemic is on open display.
American drug courts are taking a public health approach to help those addicted to prescription opioids and heroin. The goal is long-term recovery and allowing people to have their felony drug charges erased from their records if they complete the program. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from Miami on how one judge is helping those struggling with opioid abuse.
The United States is suffering through an unprecedented, deadly wave of opioid and prescription drug overdoses. The drug crisis comes nearly 50 years after the government declared a "War on Drugs.â VOAâs Chris Simkins looks back at the War on Drugs and how experts say mistakes of the past cannot be repeated in this new battle against opioid drug abuse.
The United States is in the middle of an unprecedented opioid overdose epidemic. The abuse of prescription opioids along with the illicit use of heroin killed nearly 60-thousand people last year. Every day 91 Americans die from prescription opioid related overdoses. VOA's Chris Simkins has more on the story.
It was a U.S. community that was once the site of a regional slave market where black men, women and children were sold to white slave owners. After the slaves were freed in 1863, some stayed, forming their own neighborhood. Now a group of African Americans is trying to preserve the history and culture of the centuries-old black community that has faded over time. VOA's Chris Simkins has more on the story from Hagerstown, Maryland.
A leading civil rights organization says African Americans and Hispanics have made positive strides economically and educationally during the past year. But VOA's Chris Simkins reports the National Urban League finds minority groups lag behind their white counterparts in other measurements of racial equality.