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August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. It is always a difficult day for many people, for a variety of reasons. It's difficult to remember the people we loved whose lives were cut needlessly short. It's difficult to rouse a community out of apathy around this issue. And it's difficult to admit that...
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Confronting the Truth on Overdose Awareness Day

Megan Ralston

Jueves 30 de agosto de 2012 (03/09/12)
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August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. It is always a difficult day for many people, for a variety of reasons. It's difficult to remember the people we loved whose lives were cut needlessly short. It's difficult to rouse a community out of apathy around this issue. And it's difficult to admit that our best efforts to keep all people drug-free all of the time will fail.But we have to admit it.We have to acknowledge that a certain percentage of the population will never be entirely drug-free, and we have to figure out what to do about that. It's costly and regressive to continually respond with arrests, drug courts and incarceration.The Obama administration has appropriated the rhetoric of public health workers who have worked diligently for years to reduce the number of overdose deaths nationwide. The administration talks about a "public health approach," and not being able to "arrest our way out of the drug problem." The need to understand chronic drug misuse as an illness is best left to physicians, they proclaim. They talk about the need to prevent drug abuse in the first place by increasing education for young people, and they talk about expanding access to treatment and promoting recovery.[Fragmento]
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