March 13, 2018 – Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs have been hit particularly hard by the nation’s drug epidemic in recent years. However, city officials are implementing innovative ways to expand drug treatment programs so individuals struggling with the disease of addiction can access help.
State and local officials are committing resources so families can access treatment for their loved ones, according to Addiction Now. Too many families have been impacted by the opioid crisis, but advocates are spreading the word that encouraging those struggling with addiction to seek treatment is the best solution:
[T]he city of Philadelphia has implemented different initiatives to curb the extent of the damage caused by the opioid epidemic and stop the overall number of drug overdoses from growing.
The city has managed to assure most residents that they don’t have to be put in waiting lists in order to be admitted into a detox program for substance use disorders or to receive any other type of drug addiction treatment.
The governor of the state of Pennsylvania recently stated that he is going to be “ending policies that delay access to treatment,” especially when it comes to treatment for opioid use disorders.
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