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Opioid Crisis: A New Approach to Addiction

By Virginia DePina

Heroin overdose deaths nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013. Opioid painkillers have a direct link to heroin addiction. Although not mentioned enough, opiate abuse is widespread among communities of color.

In October 2015, Gov. Charlie Baker proposed legislation to limit opioid painkiller prescriptions to a 72 hours supply. This idea has the support of the law enforcement community, but it places medical providers in a position to address their responsibility in addiction prevention. 

Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, President and CEO of the Dimock Center; and Emily Stweart, Executive Director of Casa Esperanza tell us why the new approach to addiction is more effective for communities of color.