Despite an opioid crisis, most ERs don’t offer addiction treatment. California is changing that.
(VOX, January 8, 2019)
California is at the forefront of integrating addiction treatment into all points of care. According to Dr. Kelly Pfeifer from the California Health Care Foundation, “We’re trying to use the money and attention to the opioid epidemic to support our efforts to build a robust addiction treatment structure that is integrated with our health care system so that any person with addiction can get the care they need.” The Public Health Institute's Bridge Program is gearing up to award more than $8 million to as many as 30 hospitals in the coming weeks. Read the full article here.
The New York Times spent months interviewing addiction experts, individuals who developed addictions to opioids, and their families in an effort to answer two questions: Why do people use these drugs? And why is it so hard for them to stop? Take a look at the visual journey they created to convey the experience of addiction, from the lure of the first high, the agony of withdrawal, and the difficult work of recovery.
View the full Network Digest from January 2019.