CHICAGO, May 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- During their meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018,
The opioid crisis in the United States continues to escalate, with opioids killing more than 42,000 people in the United States in 2016, more than any year on record. On October 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognized the gravity of the crisis and declared a nationwide Public Health Emergency.
Young adults are disproportionately impacted by addiction to prescription drugs, and in Illinois, educators, administrators, and school support personnel have been recognized as critical elements in the battle against addiction, and have been called upon to fight this epidemic in schools and communities.
"Educators, administrators, and school support personnel face the opioid epidemic every day, providing front-line intervention in schools and bearing witness to the devastation this epidemic has on children, families, and communities," said Jay C. Rehak, President of the CTPF Board of Trustees. "This action demonstrates our Board's recognition of the scope of this problem and offers our support for the local governments and Health and Welfare Funds working to secure greater accountability from the companies who contribute to and perpetuate this devastating crisis."
The resolution passed by the Board highlights the role that drug manufacturers and their marketing efforts played in the creation of the epidemic. Driven by an economic interest in expanding markets and increasing profits, manufacturers in the 1990s reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to opioid pain relievers and healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates. The National Institute of Health recognized the aggressive marketing of these drugs as a major cause and reason for a drastic increase in the number of prescriptions written and dispensed, resulting in widespread misuse, before it became clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive.
The multi-district litigation (National Prescription Opiate Litigation, No. 17-MD-3804) is taking place in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and consolidates lawsuits from across the country.
ABOUT CTPFEstablished by the Illinois state legislature in 1895, the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund manages members' assets and administers benefits. The $10.8 billion pension fund serves nearly 86,000 members, and provides pension and health insurance benefits to more than 28,000 beneficiaries.
MEDIA INQUIRIES: Tracey L. Schroeder, JD, MBADirector of Communications, CTPFSchroederT@ctpf.org 312.604.1234 www.ctpf.org
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SOURCE Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund
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