Opi­oid bat­tle re­quires sus­tained, mul­ti­fac­eted at­tacks

Modern Healthcare - - Comment -

Re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle “MetroHealth takes mul­ti­fac­eted stance in opi­oid bat­tle” (ModernHealth­care.com, Oct. 29), the opi­oid epi­demic claimed 72,000 lives in 2017—a stun­ning fig­ure. It touches ev­ery part of our so­ci­ety. For­tu­nately, there are strong or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als at­tempt­ing to halt this cri­sis.

Granted there is a tremen­dous amount of work that needs to be done ad­dress­ing stigma, avail­abil­ity/ac­cess of med­i­ca­tions, over­dose, ed­u­ca­tion, pre­ven­tion and treat­ing the sick (phys­i­cally, men­tally, so­cially). Each re­sponse, like what’s hap­pen­ing at MetroHealth in Cleveland, must be dy­namic and mul­ti­fac­eted. Hope­fully, more can be done to un­der­stand the causes, both per­sonal and so­cial.

Gregg Zaire

Red­wood City, Calif.

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