A Crisis Within a Crisis

Taking drug makers to court, cracking down on traffickers, supervised injection sites—this is how the US is tackling the opioid crisis. What’s woefully absent? “More and better treatment”—a glaring need that is being bypassed by Congress, governors and journalists alike, writes Michael Massing.

Overdoses took 64,000 lives last year, and treatment wait lists are getting longer. In New Hampshire, where a heroin user was found dead next to a list of rehab facilities he’d called, 4-6 week waits are normal.

Effective treatments are in short supply, and President Trump’s pledge of $900 million is “a mere droplet of what’s needed,” Massing writes.

POLITICO

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