The opioid crisis has already taken the lives of too many Falmouth residents, and the rate of opioid overdoses has increased 20% since the start of the pandemic. Too many families, neighbors, and friends are coping with the loss of a loved one or are trying to hold on to someone grappling with addiction. This epidemic will not go away if our town ignores it or pretends it’s some other community’s problem. We need real world solutions that include treatment, prevention, and communitywide education.