Picture a horde of lemmings suddenly deciding to change direction and stampede off a different cliff.
I’d argue that America has never adequately addressed its own problems with addiction, which have been with us in one form or another since before we became a nation.
Topics: health care
Alcohol still gets credit for close to 90,000 deaths every year– more than other drugs, even in the middle of an epidemic.
It’s a real challenge for the folks on the ground to fit their reality into the prescribed format of a Federal grant.
Topics: prescription medications
Meanwhile , the healthcare field continues to struggle with legitimate issues around the use of (and controls over) opioids in medical practice.
So, public health advocates maintain, the McConnell plan is really just a clever ruse to reduce support for other legislation that might actually reduce smoking and vaping.
This is in part a course correction from the trend of several decades ago, when the emphasis was on cutting expenses in the naive belief all addicts could be successfully treated on an outpatient basis.
I compare it to finding someone lying on the sidewalk, helping them up, brushing them off, and pushing them down again.
Those of us who work in treatment quickly sense a problem: people with addictions aren’t likely to respond to this approach.