Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis of Pennsylvania is 100% correct. In a recent Reading Eagle article, he talks about changing our attitude about addiction to deal with the overdose epidemic. “The best cure for opioid addiction is seeing it as a disease,” says Tennis.
Addiction is a Disease
We have to see addiction for the disease it really is. Since addiction is a disease, we need to move away from criminalizing people with the disease. Instead, as with all diseases, including cancer and heart disease, we have to move toward preventing and treating addiction.