April 25, 2018

Daily Hampshire Gazette Editorial: Apply lessons from AIDS epidemic to opioid crisis

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren draws a sobering analogy between the federal government’s approach to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and its handling of the current opioid addiction crisis.

In both instances, people were stigmatized and blamed for their disease, the federal government under-invested in basic research and treatment and lawmakers initially lacked the courage to confront the crisis, the Massachusetts Democratic senator noted.


Warren is right to say the time is long overdue to invest billions to reverse our losses — financial losses yes, but more importantly the loss of life through overdose deaths, and the destruction of the lives of survivors in the thrall of addiction or in the constant state of vigilance in recovery.

Read the full article on the Daily Hampshire Gazette website here

By:  Editorial Board
Source: Daily Hampshire Gazette