Opioid Epidemic Provides an Unexpected Benefit? International Law Inspires a Shift from Punitive to Curative Responses to Addiction

October 20, 2019 ∙ Commentary

Opioid misuse, addiction, and overdoses are becoming serious public health problems globally. According to the 2019 World Drug Report, in 2017 alone, the use of opioids accounted for 110,000 (66%) of the 167,000 deaths attributed to drug use disorders. Commendably, however,  the devastating effect of the opioid crisis has triggered a long-awaited response to the problem of drug abuse and addiction in general. A curative approach is slowly emerging, replacing the traditional punitive responses to addiction.

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