What is now considered to be an epidemic was initially classified as a problem among whites in rural areas, but does not discriminate by race or area.
“We can’t just talk about whites or Hispanics; we’re talking about everyone in general. It’s an epidemic in which we’re seeing children as young as 10, 12 years old, beginning to take drugs that before were for adults, which are opioids, which is heroin,” explained Diana Plazas, Gen-Rx Project Director for CETPA, a nonprofit counseling agency specializing in mental health and substance abuse.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, opioid-related deaths among Latinos rose 35 percent between 2015 and 2016, and with synthetic opioids, numbers increased 183 percent. In 2016 alone, 3,440 Hispanics suffered an opioid overdose, according to statistics from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.. .
Republicans, too, had complaints Friday. Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, who led the committee’s Russia probe, and Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., were strongly critical of the intelligence community for the significant number of redactions they made to the document, and said they would press to make more information public.
“I am extremely disappointed with the overzealous redactions,” Conaway said. “When we started this investigation, we set out to give the American people the answers to the questions they’ve been asking and we promised to be as transparent as possible in our final report. I don’t believe the information we’re releasing today meets that standard.”.