Opioid detoxification is not enough

But detoxification is actually extremely dangerous. Nearly every addict who successfully completes a week-long detox program without further treatment relapses, and in a world with increasingly powerful synthetic drugs on the market, the risk of overdosing and dying during a relapse has become ever more threatening.

That’s from a nicely written and brief piece in WaPo by Michael Stein, an internist and the chairman of the department of health law, policy and management at Boston University. Read the whole thing.


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