Entering the Conversation on Opioid Addiction Treatment

Entering the Conversation on Opioid Addiction Treatment

As a prior representative for the drug and alcohol abuse program in the Navy the first quote that grabbed my attention is “Never before have so many tools been available”, the statement raises questions about the nature and effectiveness of these tools. What specific tools is Satel referring to? Are they medical, psychological, or community-based interventions? To tackle opioid addiction further investigation of the article’s claims about treatment strategy advances and their congruence with public health evidence-based practices would be fascinating.

The quote “In Dandridge, Tenn., 16 women sat in a jailhouse cinderblock classroom brought about the mention of a jailhouse classroom setting brings forth the intersectionality of opioid addiction with the criminal justice system. As a business management major, I have the slightest knowledge of either but I doubt whether prisons can cure addiction. Do these women receive evidence-based care or are they being punished? This also raises problems about how the criminal justice system addresses public health issues like substance misuse. According to Satel’s article alternative addiction therapy outside the criminal justice system improves opioid addiction results.

Satel, (2017) highlighted that “She then showed the women, some of whom had been arrested on drug-related charges, Born Hurting, a video on the effects of a mother’s opioid addiction…” the graphical presentation on opioid addiction is a poignant approach to convey the impact of substance abuse on families. This is in line with the public health approach that focuses on prevention. But is the information presented limited to the potential drawbacks, or does it also speak about resources for help and treatment? Knowing how to avoid stigmatizing people who are battling addiction is an important skill for a public health worker to have. It would be fascinating to see further study on the use of multimedia in public health initiatives to raise awareness about addiction.

In a nutshell, the conversation on opioid addiction treatment involves critically examining the tools available, the settings for intervention, and the strategies employed in awareness campaigns. As a prior DAPA (Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor), this prompts me to explore the interdisciplinary nature of addressing addiction and advocating for holistic, evidence-based approaches that extend beyond punitive measures.


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