The primary problem with the opioid drug crisis is simple: It is much easier to get high than it is to get help.
“For the people who are addicted, you want the treatment to be much easier to access than prescription opioids, heroin, or fentanyl,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, an opioid policy expert at Brandeis University.
“Let’s say you only focus on curtailing overprescribing to prevent people getting addicted, but you do nothing to expand treatment. Then heroin and fentanyl will keep flooding in, and overdose deaths will remain at historically high levels until the generation that became addicted ultimately dies off.”
Dr. Kolodny, the Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, knows well of what he speaks. According to his Brandeis bio, the good doctor’s “primary area of focus is the prescription opioid and heroin crisis devastating families and communities across the country.”
Kolodny’s bona fides only increase once you add the fact that he’s the former Chief Medical Officer for Phoenix House, a national non profit addiction treatment agency and Chair of Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City, as well as the executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, an organization with a mission to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by overprescribing of opioid analgesics.
That’s undoubtedly why Vox reporter German Lopez chose to get with Kolodny for his incredibly prescriptive feature story “How ro Stop the Deadliest Drug Crisis in American History”; it’s also why we at Recovery Boot Camp wholeheartedly recommend following all the good doctor prescribes vis-a-vis this drug crisis. Then again, having seen firsthand, over and over again, the benefits of addiction treatment, we’re bound to be for everything that can save more lives, especially since it’s so much deadlier to get high.