(Huntsville, AL) – Today at 1:00pm, Republican candidate for Attorney General Alice Martin will speak on Yellowhammer Radio with Chris Reid on Superstation 101 WYDE to discuss Alabama’s ongoing opioid crisis.
In 2016, there were 60,000 Americans who died from drug overdoses, and two-thirds of those overdoses were linked to opioids. This exceeds deaths by automobile accidents. In 2015, Alabama had the highest per capita number of opioid prescriptions of any state, and for the past several years the number of persons dying from overdoses in Alabama has been steadily climbing.
“For Americans under the age of 50, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death and this is unacceptable and requires law enforcement and medical providers working together. Alabama lost 700 people to overdose deaths last year, and it is no wonder when we have 121 opioid prescriptions for every 100 residents. We must do everything in our power to fight this horrific trend in Alabama,” said Martin. “We simply cannot continue on a slow path of change with the fast pace of overdoses we are experiencing .”
Wednesday’s radio appearance is one of many interviews Martin has done since launching her campaign, as she travels the state spreading a message of cleaning up corruption in the state government. Every day, the Martin campaign gains momentum and support as she works towards being elected as Alabama’s first female Attorney General.
“As a former Registered Nurse, this is an issue of great concern to me. Almost everyone I speak with has been affected or knows someone who has been impacted by opioid addiction or overdose. Education, treatment, and law enforcement are all part of the solution. It we don’t have a positive impact now, we can expect heroin addiction to rise as well since DEA links 80% of heroin addiction as starting with prescription drugs. I pledge that as Attorney General, we will turn this trend and save Alabama lives.”