In modern history, few things have caused such a sharp spike in US deaths as drug overdoses.
“The heroin epidemic the country is suffering through, and the subsequent media coverage about the fight to conqueror this epidemic has opened my eyes tot he way people really view addiction…” Read More Below:
But our antiquated conceptions of addicts prevent us from doing so.
When I was 22 years old, I was treated for an addiction to opioids. In the five years since, I wake up each morning and scan my news filters to read about some of the 78 people who die each day from overdose. Which depressed Rust Belt city was hit today?
The opioid crisis is one of few in public health that, despite all efforts, continues to worsen. Nearly 2 million people in the United States are addicted to painkillers and an additional 450,000 are addicted to heroin. Fortunately, we have a proven way of lowering the death rate and easing the ills of addiction: medication-assisted treatments like methadone and buprenorphine. Unfortunately, thanks to a moral and policy-driven opposition to these treatment techniques, we’re not using it…[Read More]
The White House is calling for more than a billion dollars in funding to transform opioid treatment in the United States, two top administration officials announced on Tuesday.
Until recently, the heroin treatment industry has been driven by the philosophy of “abstinence,” which insists that any form of medication is merely a crutch for an addict, and he or she ought to instead go cold turkey. The opposing view, now being pushed…(Continue)
Methadone, as a treatment for opiate addiction, is one of the greatest medical discoveries of the 20th Century. Discovered by Dr. Vincent Dole, Dr. Marie Nyswander, and Dr. Mary Jeanne Kreek at The Rockefeller University in the 1960s, it has been approved by the World Health Organization, and it is used throughout the planet as a front-line treatment against the scourge of heroin addiction. While life-saving, it remains tragically misunderstood… (Continue)