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Action, Not Rhetoric, Needed to Reverse the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

5 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2017  

Corey S. Davis

Network for Public Health Law

Traci Green

Boston University - School of Medicine

Leo Beletsky

Northeastern University - School of Law; Northeastern University - Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Despite shifts in rhetoric and some positive movement, Americans with the disease of addiction are still often stigmatized, criminalized, and denied access to evidence-based care. Dramatically reducing the number of lives unnecessarily lost to overdose requires an evidence-based, equity-focused, well-funded, and coordinated response. We present in this brief article evidence-based and promising practices for improving and refocusing the response to this simmering public health crisis. Topics covered include improving clinical decision-making, improving access to non-judgmental evidence-based treatment, investing in comprehensive public health approaches to problematic drug use, and changing the way law enforcement actors interact with people who use drugs.

Keywords: Opioid, Epidemic

Suggested Citation

Davis, Corey S. and Green, Traci and Beletsky, Leo, Action, Not Rhetoric, Needed to Reverse the Opioid Overdose Epidemic (2017). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 45, pp. 20 - 23 (2017); Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 294-2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3007730

Corey S. Davis (Contact Author)

Network for Public Health Law ( email )

Saint Paul, MN
United States

Traci Green

Boston University - School of Medicine ( email )

Boston, MA 02118
United States

Leo Beletsky

Northeastern University - School of Law; Northeastern University - Bouvé College of Health Sciences ( email )

416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States
617-373-5540 (Phone)

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