Addiction and abuse stole years of Heather McClung's life until she discovered Mountain of Faith Ministry.
Several Mississippi lawmakers want to criminalize the use of kratom—a plant that's become increasingly popular in the United States for its opioid-like effects—and advocates are prepared to speak up.
Mississippi lawmaker wants to use telemedicine, controlled medication treatment to combat opioid crisis
Opioid addiction has forced change within federal and state government and prompted some leaders to to take action to decrease death rates within the state.
If Mississippi’s opioid crisis is considered a criminal justice issue, it won’t be solved. And more people will die.
As long as opioid addiction is viewed as a moral problem to be punished than as a health issue in need of sustainable treatment, Mississippians will continue to die.
Opioid-related deaths and crimes have escalated in the past five years, and state officials are sparking awareness in rural areas.