November 21, 2017 – Efforts to raise awareness and break the stigma associated with the disease of addiction have allowed communities across the nation to take steps to address the drug crisis. However, community leaders know that we can do more so they took the time to discuss solutions to curb the epidemic.
Last week, Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences hosted a seminar to allow health experts, law enforcement officials, educators and other leaders to examine what approaches we can build on to help those affected by addiction.
One thing that everyone can agree on is that addiction is a disease and needs to be treated as such, which is why recovery centers like Malvern Institute are vital to the solution.
For Jeffrey Stockbridge, BS photography ’05, whose website Kensington Blues has for years documented the lives of residents in the North Philadelphia neighborhood struggling mightily through the opioid epidemic, there are important questions that often go unasked and unanswered.
“Why are these people trying to numb themselves? What’s happening in the country right now?” Stockbridge said. “It’s a really difficult time to be alive and there are a lot of sensitive people who might not want to admit how sensitive they are.”
Nobody wakes up and chooses the lifestyle of an addict, he said. They are faced with a health problem, and, with that in mind, the focus among the many people trying to quell the epidemic should be “harm reduction.”
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