Acudetox: People are inserting needles into their ears to treat addiction - but does it work?Despite its increasing use, Linda Richter, Director of Policy Research and Analysis at The National Centre on Addiction and Substance Abuse told IBTimes UK that there was little evidence to prove its success in treating addiction.
End opioid crisis, 'stigma' with public health approach: Center on Addiction guide The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse issued a report to state policymakers showing ways that states can, and do, attack the opioid epidemic.
Public health's progress stalls in 2017 "We've seen all talk, no action," said Lindsey Vuolo, associate director of health law and policy at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
"We've heard a lot of people speaking very compassionately about the epidemic, many good recommendations have been developed, and we've had the declaration of a public health emergency, but recommendations and declarations alone don't save lives." The continuing decline in life expectancy is "really alarming, and really demonstrates the size and severity of the opioid epidemic and our national addiction problem," said Lindsey Vuolo.
According to experts, many of the 44,000 drug-related deaths each year could be prevented if patients had better access to substance abuse therapy.
Yet people battling addiction say that treatment often is unavailable or unaffordable.