Treatment Free Zone

80 percent of people in the US who are dependent on heroin or painkillers are not getting treatment, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers report in a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

By analyzing National Survey of Drug Use and Health data from 6,770 people, the authors found the most common treatments for opioid addiction are self-help groups and outpatient methadone clinics, and only 22 percent of addicts received any kind of treatment in the 2009-2013 survey period.

“Referring to drug users as junkies or criminals keeps people with addiction in the shadows and away from getting help,” said study author Brendan Saloner who called opioid addiction “a chronic relapsing illness, just like diabetes.”
The Atlantic

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