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Media Often Frame Opioid Analgesic Abuse as Criminal Justice Issue, Not a Health Condition

Evidence-based treatments for opioid analgesic abuse are well known, but a study of U.S. media coverage appearing today Psychiatric Services in Advance suggests the news media more often frame the problem as a criminal justice issue and not a treatable health condition.Over the past two decades, the rates of opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose have climbed steadily in the United States. According to most recent estimates, some 4.5 million Americans use prescription pain relievers (the majority of which are opioid analgesics) for nonmedical purposes, and 1.9 million nonmedical users are...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Tuesday, 1 December, 2015

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