January 01, 2018

Why Addiction Should Be Considered a Disease

By Anna Lembke

The Silver Lining of the Opioid Epidemic

The silver lining of the opioid epidemic—if a silver lining can be found for a public health tragedy that has killed more people than the Iraq and Vietnam wars combined—is the medical profession is finally forced to contend with the problem of addiction. Our complicity through egregious opioid overprescribing, and the sheer scale of drug overdose deaths, has meant we can no longer turn a blind eye.

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