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Opioid Addiction Is Treatable. Why Aren't We Doing It?
While the opioid epidemic rages on, Dr. Sharon Levy is enraged for a different reason: we have the means to treat addiction, but we are not prescribing it. A combination of stigma and unfortunate regulations have made the safe and effective medication inaccessible to all but the few who live in certain cities. Her work with pediatricians' offices, of all places, demonstrates that thousands of lives could be improved in weeks--if we'd only have the courage to prescribe what works.