What does the latest research on addiction tell us about treatment?
Manesy Ceja-Cevallos is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley studying Integrative Biology with a minor in English. She is excited to write using her English background for the Workit Health team. For Manesy, it is important that all individuals understand and have access to healthcare resources, and she is eager to help spread information that can ultimately help others.
Don’t people choose to drink or do drugs? How can addiction be a disease?Addiction is much more than a few bad choices. It disrupts the areas of the brain that are involved in reward, motivation, learning, judgement, and memory. Not only can it damage brain and body functions, but it can also damage relationships, families, and workplaces.
The state of Michigan has taken several measures to decrease the prevalence of opioid addiction. These bills are meant to act not only as prevention methods, but also to increase both the patients and the public’s education on the dangers of opioids.
In an analysis done by Avalere Health a healthcare consulting firm, Michigan is in the bottom 10 of U.S. states for their ratio of certified doctors compared to opiate deaths. Telehealth buprenorphine treatment helps meet patient needs in this shortage.
This summer, San Francisco is on track to open two supervised injection sites that will serve around 22,000 people in the Bay Area. These sites were unanimously voted for by the local Health Commission, whose ultimate goal is to equip these facilities with clean needles, medical staff trained in responding to overdose or other medical emergencies, and resources for people who want treatment: all in order to help end the opioid epidemic.