Yes, Ta-Nehisi, Treatment Works

Ta-Nehisi Coates (One of my favorite bloggers.) highlights the following from the NY Times:

Nearly 1 in 10 babies born last year in this Appalachian county tested positive for drugs. In January, police caught several junior high school students, including a seventh grader, with painkillers. Stepping Stone House, a residential rehabilitation clinic for women, takes patients as young as 18.

In Ohio, fatal overdoses more than quadrupled in the last decade, and by 2007 had surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death, according to the Department of Health.

The problem is so severe that Gov. John R. Kasich announced $36 million in new spending on it this month, an unusual step in this era of budget austerity. And on Tuesday, the Obama administration announced plans to fight prescription drug addiction nationally, noting that it was now killing more people than crack cocaine in the 1980s and heroin in the 1970s combined.

He wonders how this will play out in comparison to 1980s crack policy and then goes on to earnestly ask if treatment works.

“Treatment Works!” may be a lousy slogan, but treatment is effective in helping people find recovery.

2 thoughts on “Yes, Ta-Nehisi, Treatment Works

  1. “Treatment works!” Here’s to that. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing, possibly now the ‘biggest’ drug problem in the U.S. from what I’ve read. While I understand it’s far from perfect, I would recommend the documentary The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia for an up close look at the problem in Appalachia.

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