this is my battle cry this decade. the opioid epidemic continues to be uber drenched in stigma and needs to be fought for tooth and nail. below is a press release from AOR. stay tuned for more revelation. I have chosen die antwoord to put with this subject because of the complete juxtaposition. a real tough to swallow situation with an almost “from outer space” response until now. we have all had our heads in the ground. time to wake up. its time to fink freeky.
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy and President of The Dream Corps Van Jones are partnering to launch Advocates for Opioid Recovery (AOR), a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking down the barriers to proven, effective, evidence-based treatments that can reduce death and suffering from opioid addiction.
Nearly 50,000 people died of accidental drug overdose in 2014, and of these, close to 29,000 were opioid related. Most people living with addiction are not receiving treatment, and when they are, they aren’t receiving the most effective care. Treatment with medication is dramatically more effective than behavioral counseling alone yet less than 50% are receiving this medication.
Recent scientific breakthroughs have shown that opioid addiction is a chemically-based, DNA-driven disease, to which people are genetically predisposed. Recovery medications like buprenorphine and naltrexone significantly reduce opioid cravings and the risk of fatal overdose, while moving those with opioid dependence to stable, long term recovery. Unfortunately, significant regulatory, legislative and ideological barriers prevent people from accessing this treatment…… read the rest here…