So what should we do?
Drug crises aren't new. Remember the crack epidemic of the 1980s? "What we've missed in each [epidemic], and still miss today, is that opioids aren't the problem," Dr. Wetsman says. "Addiction is. Until we address the brain illness, this pattern will continue."
Dr. Wetsman isn't confident that the current opioid crisis will spur change. "What we should do is treat addiction," he says. "But I doubt that will be done. We almost always go for the quick fix. I hope I'm wrong."
Me too. Because nobody should have to choose between overdosing on anti-diarrhea drugs or facing heroin withdrawal.
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