“While Gov. Mike Pence launched a task force Tuesday to address the heroin epidemic spiraling across Indiana and the rest of the country, Congress and the White House have offered a slow and sometimes counterproductive response, doctors and drug policy experts say.
That’s partly because it’s a complex problem, requiring difficult and sometimes controversial solutions. And there is no powerful lobby for addicts, most of whom want to stay anonymous and rebuild broken lives, not become a poster child for drug policy reform.
“We don’t have a pink ribbon,” said Dr. Stuart Gitlow, past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and an addiction disease specialist in Rhode Island. “There is no nationwide ‘Walk for Addiction,’ no celebrity spokesperson. We’re not that kind of disease.”
Without that kind of political pull, Gitlow said, “we often lack the ability to get even the most basic legislation passed.”
Source: Indystar.com – September 2, 2015