The Opioid Fix: America’s Addiction Crisis and the Solution They Don’t Want You To Have

Johns Hopkins. Apr. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9781421437651. $27. HEALTH
Andraka-Christou (health management & informatics, Univ. of Central Florida) addresses a relatively unknown factor in opioid addiction treatment: medication assisted treatment (MAT), which is saving lives but rarely offered to patients needing help. Throughout her research, the author interviewed people in recovery, along with their families, and found that often patients learn about effective medications such as methadone from people outside the medical community. Moreover, patients sometimes keep their MAT secret from their recovery groups because of the stigma of substituting one drug for another. Tracing the past 50 years of MAT’s treatment history and policy, Andraka-Christou discusses the ethical and financial decisions that led to the current situation and provides a list of goals and solutions she would like to see in addiction health services. This list is a highlight, offering a possible road map for readers interested in getting involved in this issue, either through grassroots advocacy or by working within the health care and policy systems.
VERDICT Recommended for anyone seeking more information about addiction treatment reform, especially those with public policy and public health interests.

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