“In the midst of a global pandemic, New Yorkers also have to face the resurgence of an opioid epidemic. The harsh reality reports that less New Yorkers have died from car accidents and homicides combined compared to rates from opioid overdose. After doing market research, I realized that the industry was valued at $25.4 billion and is predicted to rise to $29.4 billion by 2026 meaning that NYC’s investment of $38 million annual budget to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 35% has proven to not be sufficient to save lives. Now, the question is what will OUR city leaders do to address this situation?”
We Need More Money Dedicated to Overcoming the Opioid Epidemic
Ariel called attention to the current value of the opioid industry and the money that it will cost to combat the epidemic in New York City. She implored the next mayor to dedicate more resources to helping the city overcome this crisis.