Dave Heilker, via Maryland MattersPlease wait while you are redirected...or Click Here if you do not want to wait.
“Putting even a local moratorium on opioid treatment programs represents a critical misunderstanding of how addiction works and how treatment works. It’s a stance that, in 2020, should be ridiculed when a politician takes it.
“When you have a substance abuse disorder, you’re most likely to use the treatment center closest to where you live because, in all likelihood, you don’t have access to a car or reliable public transportation. Proximity is important.
“So when you say “not in my neighborhood, we want to put it elsewhere,” you’re basically saying “I’m OK with a person seeking life-saving treatment for their disease … as long as it’s not near Eddie’s.” We need to be expanding treatment options, not just in District 12, but also at the state level.
“I don’t know whether that was a popular answer, but I do know that it’s the correct answer.”
We need supervised consumption services.
We need to radically rethink how we treat people living with an illness.