“After two years of bitterly partisan debate on health reform, Congress appears poised to unite on a response to the opioid epidemic. Leaders in both parties should add one essential ingredient to the developing bills: a multiyear, comprehensive public education campaign to reduce the stigma around addiction.
I know our lawmakers are keenly aware of this agonizing issue. On a visit to Washington recently, days before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved the “Opioid Crisis Response Act” last week, I was struck by how many members of Congress shared their feelings with me about the stigma tormenting substance users in their communities.”
Source: TheHill.com – May 4, 2018