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Stop The Shame

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Issue 43 | June 2017

Background

Addiction is America’s most neglected disease. Over 27 million American report problems with prescription drugs, illegal drugs and alcohol. Every day, 91 die from opioid overdoses. Yet only 10% get meaningful help.

Addiction is also America’s most misunderstood disease. Instead of being viewed as a chronic condition of the brain, addiction is viewed as a choice or moral failing. While those suffering from other diseases receive support, addicts receive shame. This double standard keeps addiction hidden, prevents recovery and makes relapse more likely.

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