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Senator Catherine Cortez Masto will be speaking in Reno about the opioid crisis

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Senator Catherine Cortez Masto is scheduled to appear in Reno today touring the Crossroads housing program - a center that provides housing and supportive living arrangements for men and women battling addiction.

This decision comes after President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency, saying:

"We are going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. It is a serious problem, the likes of which we have never had."

Senator Cortez Masto will be hosting a round table on the crisis and the importance of Medicaid in treating addicts.

According to the Center for Disease Control, Nevada has some of the highest rates of prescription painkillers sold and drug overdose deaths per capita. Per every unit of painkillers prescribed per 100,000 patients, Nevada ranks:

- 2nd highest for hydrocodone;

- 2nd highest for oxycodone;

- 4th highest for methadone;

- 7th highest for codeine; and

- Nevada also has the 4th highest drug overdose mortality in the United States with 20.7 per 100,000 deaths as a result of an overdose.

The number of drug overdose deaths in Nevada has increased by 80 percent since 1999, a majority of which are from prescriptions drugs.

Senator Cortez Masto plans to hear from various members of the public, including law enforcement, clinicians, advocates and those recovering from addiction. She is scheduled to be at the main Crossroads campus at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 11. She also plans to hold a press gaggle after the round


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