The Wong Way to Treat the Opiod Crisis – op ed – NYT

Here’s a good read in the NYT.

Unfortunately, the article misses an important dimension namely personal wealth. If you have a wealthy family you can buy your favored therepy, including buprenorphine and methadone via expensive clinics. If you aren’t wealthy then perhaps your family will get endebted for you? Otherwise, it’s rehabilitation and ‘cold turkey’.

Clearly, there are arguments for and against ‘medication’ vs. ‘cold turkey’. For most illnesses, the doctor does not say ‘take the pain for a month’ then I’ll prescribe a pain-killer. But the comparison raises the question whether addiction is an illness?

Thoughts?

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