“The American College of Physicians (ACP) released a set of recommendations Friday which said deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers are at “epidemic” levels.
It also said communities should emphasize treating opioid addiction as a health problem, rather than mainly as a crime.
“Substance use disorders are treatable chronic medical conditions, like diabetes and hypertension,” said Nitin Damle, president of the ACP.
But opioid addicts are far less likely to receive treatment than people who have other chronic conditions.”
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Source: King5.com – April 28, 2017