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Here's the Real Killer in our Opioid Catastrophe

by Greg Marotta | Nov 16, 2017

Pop quiz: True or False?

  1. Addiction is a moral problem.
  2. People with substance abuse disorders choose to continue using drugs.
  3. Addiction is not a health condition and those addicted are to blame for their problems.

Answers:  False, false, false.

But each statement reflects common, widely-held attitudes and prejudices.

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Veterans Day Mission: Save Our Heroes on the Opioid Battlefield at Home

by Greg Marotta | Nov 9, 2017

It’s 9/11 every 2.5 weeks.

This is how to conceptualize the jaw-dropping toll of opioid deaths in the U.S., according to Gov. Chris Christie, who chaired the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (which CleanSlate Board Member Patrick J. Kennedy helped prepare).

The irony is that many of these victims are the very people who return from post-9/11 deployments.

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National Recovery Month is over, but the Work Continues

by Greg Marotta | Sep 29, 2017

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to raise awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate those in recovery. It’s the impetus for a lot of good in the addiction treatment community. At CleanSlate Centers, our employees did some great things to support National Recovery Month, and I couldn’t be any prouder to be part of this team.

But here’s the truth our patients face on the front lines of the addiction battle: There won’t be fewer people who die from opioid-related overdoses in October, November or December. There won’t be a drastic drop in friends, neighbors, family members who are impacted by this epidemic. The CDC says 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose – that means January 1 through December 31.

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