Maia Szalavitz is a reporter and author who focuses on science, public policy, and addiction treatment. She's the author of the New York Times bestseller Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction.
Bigg brought the opioid antidote naloxone to the streets. But today’s poisoned drug supply makes saving lives harder than ever.
It's the 1980s all over again.
"The Sackler family is just as shameless, and only marginally less ruthless, than the drug cartels."
It might seem like a good idea to target the small number of people who use the most opioids, but a plan proposed in Oregon won't reduce the number of overdoses or new addictions.
"I love my friends and I love the people I hang out with and I don't want anybody going to jail because of my behavior."
If the cure looks anything like "solutions" to drug addiction, this could get ugly.
People assume a medical committee sat down to consider which recreational drugs were the safest and least addictive, and this wise group decided alcohol and tobacco should be legal, while marijuana and everything else shouldn't. That's not what happened.
“Every dose of buprenorphine consumed is at least a dose of heroin not getting consumed, if not several.”
Addiction doctors are worried about federal retribution against their treatment programs, and they're terrified for their patients, whose lives are at risk from overdose.