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The ‘Phony War’ Against Opioids: Some Inconvenient Truths

The opioid crisis has very little to do with prescription drugs, says a leading researcher.   Patients treated for chronic pain with opioids–many of them elderly—are not dying from overdoses, and they shouldn’t be treated like addicts.

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Policing the Addiction Treatment Industry

Most Americans seem willing to accept that opioid addiction should be treated as a disease rather than a criminal offense. But the wide variety and quality of treatment and rehab facilities in the US means we should now double down on efforts to investigate which ones really perform, says an addiction expert.

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One in Five Young American Adults Felled by Opioids: Study

The chance of dying in the US due to an opioid overdose is higher today than that of dying in an accident, but the burden falls heaviest on young adults aged 15-34, according to a 15-year analysis of US mortality numbers through 2016 posted in JAMA Network Open, an online section of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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How State Laws Criminalize People With HIV

Some 28 states require individuals to disclose HIV status to their sexual partners or face criminal penalties. Author Trevor Hoppe tells TCR that such laws are largely the result of fear and discrimination towards victims of diseases considered socially unacceptable–a punitive approach that he says continues today in the face of public health crises such as the opioid epidemic.

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‘I’m Not Gonna Walk by Someone Dying’

A New York State pilot program to make naloxone kits available to inmates on their release from prison is a “promising” model for other states seeking to reduce opioid deaths among America’s most vulnerable population, says the Vera Institute of Justice.

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Opioids: ‘End the Stigma of Addiction’

A columnist praises Cheri Walter, head of Ohio’s Association of County Behavioral Authorities and a recovering substance-abuser, for highlighting the failure of policymakers to address the roots causes of the opiate epidemic at this month’s Guggenheim Symposium.