Spotlight on Opioid Use and Access to Transportation
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Section: August Associate Newsletter

The opioid crisis has reached emergency response–level proportions in many parts of the United States. More than 115 people in the U.S. overdose on opioids daily, driving approximately $78.5 billion a year in health care and treatment costs, effects on productivity and the cost of criminal justice proceedings (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2019). 

As the crisis intensifies, transportation agencies and programs are beginning to be brought to the table as a part of a holistic response. In the Opioid Use and Transportation Topic Spotlight, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (operated jointly by n4a and Easterseals) explores how transportation to opioid treatment is an eligible activity under federal funding programs and how communities are making a concerted effort to involve transportation providers in recognizing opioid abuse and providing support to those addressing addiction. The report features programs in Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Washington State.