Some 2.1 million people abused prescription pain opioid pain relievers in 2012 alone, according to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report.
Many organizations are working to combat opioid use disorder, a medical condition defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Others aren’t sure what to do, and some feel as though it’s not their battle to fight, claiming that using drugs is a choice made by the user.
Tom Hill, senior adviser on addiction and recovery at the Substance Abuse Treatment Center of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, said addiction affects everyone in some way.
Hill said that there needs to be a change in attitudes regarding addiction, and openly discussing the subject will help. He noted that diseases like cancer and HIV/AIDS were once taboo subjects as well.
The stigma of addiction may prevent people from openly talking about it, which creates a "culture of secrecy," as Hill put it.
Content Orginally Published By: Samantha Nelson @USA Today