Evidence Based Solutions for Epidemics

 

Dr. Marissa Levine, the state’s health commissioner, declared a public health emergency in November 2016 because of the opioid epidemic. Fairfax County has the second-highest rate of fatal opioid overdosesin the state and in Loudoun, there were at least 78 total opioid overdoses in 2016. This issue is close to Hannah's heart; She has lost many high school classmates to the opioid crisis that faces our country. Hannah has innovative ideas to solve this issue including safe injection sites, which are being implemented in Ithaca, NY and of course, stronger regulations on prescriptions.