Episode 13: Opioid Crisis
NASW Social Work Talks Podcast
Opioid addiction has become a public health crisis in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 40% of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved a prescription opioid; at least two-thirds of these were tied to opioids like painkillers, heroin, and fentanyl.
Our guest, David Stoecker, LCSW, is founder and director of Better Life in Recovery. He recommends that we look at the opioid addiction pandemic through a harm-reduction lens, rather than a punitive one. He argues that abstinence is not the only path to recovery and that we need to create healthy communities and to provide recovery support to those who need it.
Published Sept. 18, 2018
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