The heroin problem facing our country gets worse day by day. Our aim is to educate people on the severity of this issue and what to do if you need help. The people that are selling this poison on our streets know no boundaries.
The other day in Lancaster County, PA, a woman was arrested for trying to sell heroin to a patient of an inpatient pa drug rehab. Thankfully the patient told the proper authorities at the facility and they contacted police. Subsequently the woman was arrested and now facing a litany of felony charges.
When is our government going to recognize this problem and take real measures to promote and support treatment?
President Obama announced that he is going to take steps to improve doctor training and ease access to treatment for the addiction to heroin and opiate pain killers. He recently met with law enforcement, drug counselors, and advocates for treatment in Charleston, West Virginia. The state of WV has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the country, more than two times the national average.
Coming out of this meeting, the President and our politicians are recommending what is called M.A.T. or Medically Assisted Treatment. These types of programs utilize Suboxone or Methadone maintanence programs to essentially replace the use of heroin and opioid pain killers. The fact that our government is standing up and taking notice that there is a real problem is a good start. However, in our opinion, these types of programs are simply “harm reduction,” not a solution.
At Clearbrook, we believe that true freedom from addiction requires total abstinence and a program of recovery, not replacing one drug for another. We believe the true solution is making treatment and supporting programs and services more accessible to everyone that needs help. The epidemic of heroin and opiate addiction is not one that we are going to medically prescribe our way out of.