The Opioid Crisis Is Really a Crisis of Compassion

Blog Post from Huffington Post – written by: Dr Oz


“A quota on medical treatment of any other kind for any other disease would never be tolerated by the public. But addiction is different. Addiction is a disease that hurts others as well as the patient. Addiction frequently involves crimes or violence. It’s the only medical condition for which there are mandatory prison sentences. Addiction has been synonymous with the marginalized and disenfranchised fringe of society, viewed as the moral failure of a lost ungrateful soul. The patient cap is allowed to flourish in plain sight because we didn’t want “those people” at doctor’s offices in our neighborhoods getting an undeserved second chance.”