Michaels: Disease of Addiction Knows No Prejudice


By Dr. Jennifer Michaels | Metro West Daily News

Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than a motor vehicle accident.

Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than a motor vehicle accident.

Honor student, son, heroin addict, patient. Wife, nurse, heroin possession, convict. Father, Academy Award winner, heroin overdose, deceased. Beneath the tranquil surface of denial lurks a ravenous leviathan, the disease of addiction. Unlike our society, the disease of addiction knows no prejudice. Right now we’re battling a national epidemic. Addiction to heroin and opioid pills has reached levels previously unseen in our state and country. Heroin addiction is so pervasive and severe that Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than a motor vehicle accident. I have been treating people who suffer from the disease of addiction for over 20 years. This is what I’ve learned: Opioid addiction is a brain disease

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