Forbes, April 30, 2017
David DiSalvo

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We now know for certain that the outcome of treating addiction like a general health problem is bleak: those addicted to opioids are 10 times more likely to die in four years when treated in a general healthcare setting than non-addicts, according to the latest study.

The opioid epidemic is overwhelming by any measure, and treating everyone affected in medical settings designed to treat addiction just isn’t possible. That means many addicted to opioids are treated in general healthcare settings (primary care physicians, non-specialized hospitals and clinics, etc.). The results, as uncovered in this research, are devastating.

The study also found that addicts treated in regular healthcare settings are twice as likely to die as those treated in specialized clinics. Since it’s not feasible to treat all cases of addiction in specialized clinics, the emphasis has to be on improving resources and training in general healthcare to deal with addiction. [...]

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