Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Random Observations on the Opioid Epidemic

Stop treating substance use, dependence, and addiction as a crime.

Listen to doctors and nurses. Listen to medical professionals. Listen to toxicologists.

The answer is not always, "Make it illegal!" or "It needs to be a controlled substance."

Stop throwing drug users in jail. Get those folks who are dependent or addicted the treatment they need.

Increase access to medical treatment for drug dependence/addiction.

Expand methadone and buprenorphine maintenance treatment.

Think about the harm reduction potential of safe injection sites and clean needle programs.

Don't conflate the medical use of pharmaceutical opioids with the misuse of pharmaceutical opioids.

Recognize the need for compassionate pain management.

Legalize medical and recreational cannabis.

Naloxone should be available over the counter everywhere.

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