5 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2017
Date Written: 2017
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: 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