How Fentanyl Is Changing The Demographics — And Dangers — Of Georgia’s Opioid Crisis
Submission Date: April 25, 2019
Attributing Author: Amy Kiley, Emilia Brock and Virginia Prescott
Georgia NPR Radio Interview with Sam Snodgrass, Ph.D., Board Member of Broken No More
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been more than 200,000 opioid-related deaths in the United States over the last two decades. Georgia has some of the nation’s hardest-hit counties. White users have largely been the face of the epidemic, but the problem affects every demographic.
A few corrections are needed for the description of Dr. Snodgrass, however:
As he would tell you, he is not a “recovered opioid addict.” One: he is not an “addict” but a person. Two: He is not “recovered” and he is not in “recovery.” His addiction is in remission. Three: He is not an “addiction counselor.” He is a teacher who runs a unique program of education and peer support for those engaged in treatment with the medication buprenorphine.
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