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LCSW and sister of OUD victim

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Greetings from NC. I am a clinical social worker primarily working with adolescents in a wilderness therapy setting (short-term residential acute care). I lost my brother to the opioid epidemic last year and am seeking to learn more about the policy changes necessary to support scientific institutions and evidence based practices needed to end this crisis. My brother's story is all too familiar and I am sure we all know the feeling of being helpless in eliciting change where change is not desired. Like many young men, he was prescribed opioids for pain management after an injury and became addicted. I am seeking resources to learn about each "step" of the opioid crisis to better understand where we continually exacerbate the issue rather than solve it: from prescription management, to education, to harm reduction based recovery/management programs. Thank you for your guidance!

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