TechCrunch, in partnership with USA Today, has been tracking the progress of the nation’s opioid epidemic through data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The data, released today, is based on a survey of 1,096 respondents conducted by Insights West in partnership on Tuesday with the nonprofit Harm Reduction Alliance.
This survey provides a look at the impact of the U.S. opioid crisis on a wide variety of industries, with the most important findings focused on healthcare.
The survey found that, among the sectors that experienced the largest declines in opioid deaths during the crisis, the healthcare sector saw the largest increase in opioid-related deaths, as hospitals and doctors lost patients due to the crisis.
The healthcare industry also suffered the largest drop in overall hospital beds, the largest decrease in opioid hospitalization, and the largest decline in opioid overdose deaths.
Harm Reduction Alliance CEO James L. Anderson said that the survey’s findings are a welcome first step toward the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction.
“While our efforts are focused on combating the opioid epidemic in this country, we recognize the need to take action against the opioid industry’s toxic products,” Anderson said.
“The healthcare sector has long been one of the most vulnerable sectors in the economy, but our data indicates that our healthcare sector can and will respond to the opioid opioid crisis in a way that provides long-term benefits for the nation.”
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