Addiction doctor: Education is key to fighting opioid epidemic

Addiction doctor: Education is key to fighting opioid epidemic


INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEADLY OVERDOSE CRISIS IN WEST MICHIGAN CONTINUES RIGHT NOW… LAST NIGHT – WE SHOWED YOU THE DARK WORLD OF ADDICTION THROUGH THE LENS OF A FRIEND WHO HELPED SAVE A DRUG-ADDICTED WOMAN FROM SURE DEATH… 3 3 TERESA:..THAT WOMAN’S ADDICTION DOCTOR ALSO PLAYED A CRITICAL ROLE… AND SHE’S HERE WITH US THIS MORNING TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS..DR. SANDY DETTMAN SPECIALIZES IN ADDICTION MEDICINE. THIS OPIOID CRISIS IS HITTING HOME FOR MORE AND MORE PEOPLE EVERY DAY – BUT YOU SAY WE’RE STILL NOT GETTING A GRIP ON JUST STILL NOT GETTING A GRIP ON JUST STILL NOT GETTING YOU SAY WE’RE 3 STILL NOT GETTING YOU SAY WE’RE STILL NOT GETTING A GRIP ON JUST HOW PERVASIVE THIS IS.. YOU THINK PART OF THE PROBLEM IS WE STILL DON’T 3 WANT TO LABEL ADDICTION A DISEASE. WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT … AND WHY DOES IT MATTER? WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE DO RIGHT NOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVES? 3 3 3 1) GET DOCTORS TO PRESCRIBE LESS OPIOIDS. DOCTORS WERE DUPED. THEY DID NOT MEAN TO CAUSE THIS CRISIS. HOWEVER, MORE THAN 80% OF HEROIN ADDICTS STARTED WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS (DOCTORS INCREASED PRESCRIPTIONS IN EARLY 2000S… THOUGHT WAS THAT PAIN WAS UNDERTREATED2) EARLIER REFERRALS TO TO PAIN MANAGEMENT SPECIALISTS FOR NON-NARCOTIC MANAGEMENT OF PAIN BEFORE PATIENTS BECOME DEPENDENT ON PAIN MEDS3) INCREASED AVAILABILITY OF NALOXONE (NARCAN) IN THE COMMUNITY 4) TEACHING PEOPLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM DOCTORS (I THINK SHE MEANS FROM OVERPRESCRIBING OPIOIDS) 3 3 TERESA:..YOU CAN SEE OUR TARGET 8 “A KILLER AMONG US” SERIES RIGHT NOW ON WOOD TV DOT COM. 3 TERRI—— 3 EARLY MORNING MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS AND SPRINKLESa&SLIGHTEST CHANCE OF A SPRINKLESa&SLIGH SHOWERS AND SCATTERED WITH A FEW MOSTLY CLOUDY EARLY MORNING 3 TERRI—— 3 WOOD TV DOT COM.RIGHT NOW ON AMONG US” SERIES TARGET 8 “A KILLER YOU CAN SEE OUR 3 3 TERESA:..YOU CAN SEE OUR 3 TERESA:.. 3 TERESA:.. 3

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