Drug and alcohol treatment is a significant portion of all healthcare spending.
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Most addicts require inpatient treatment.
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False
Treatment isn’t usually successful for those with a serious addiction.
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Only 10% of those who need treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol are able to get it.
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Treating addiction is not like treating an upset stomach. When people try to kick addiction and fail, it is a matter of will, not a matter of medicine.
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Screening and brief intervention for emergency room patients is too costly and would bankrupt most county hospitals.
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Most people who use drugs are out of work or unemployable.
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Your son is admitted to the hospital for the third time this year as a result of an injury caused by over consumption of alcohol. As a matter of procedure the hospital will screen him for a substance abuse problem?
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Funding for substance abuse treatment in Texas has increased over time.
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Stigma plays a significant role in our state’s ability to effectively deal with the public health crisis of drug and alcohol addiction.
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People don’t need treatment. They can just go to AA or NA.
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The addict has to want help or treatment won’t work.
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A portion of the Texas state alcohol taxes go toward treatment programs.
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False
Former CDC Director Recommends 10 Actions to Reduce Opioid Epidemic
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH and his colleague published an article in Journal of the American Medical Association about actions that could be taken at the federal and state level to accelerate progress in preventing addiction, overdose and death. Below are the 10 specific areas:

 

Source:  The Hill
  1. Improve tracking of new opioid addiction-
  2. Improve quality of medical examiner and coroner work.
  3. Promote more cautious prescribing for acute pain.
  4. Restrict or eliminate marketing of opioids for chronic pain
  5. Increase insurance coverage for non-opioid pain management-
  6. Interrupt the supply of illicit opioids-
  7. Identify possible opioid addiction early-
  8. Expand access to treatment
  9. Implement harm reduction for current users
  10. Consider removing ultra-high dosage opioids from the market