The Truth About Painkiller Addiction
In this article, Salley Satel, a psychiatrist, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and the co-author of Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience, makes the case for primary prevention which reaches beyond monitoring overprescribing. She argues that policy makers and providers need to prioritize identifying those most vulnerable to substance use disorders such as those with childhood traumas or behavioral health conditions. For example, the article profiles a young man whose parents believed his substance use disorder to be rooted in a dental procedure and subsequent prescription, "yet when they learned the depth of their son’s unhappiness, they realized that the prescription was not the full problem." Satel urges, "the best time to correct course is now—while the opioid problem still commands public attention, and before the restrictions imposed at the height of the crisis harden into permanent practice." Read the full article.