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Policies inhibit treatment

Friday, August 10, 2018

by Carteret County News Times

The opioid crisis shows no signs of subsiding.

When addicts show up at emergency rooms, there’s a good chance they won’t find help, says Julie Havlak, writing for Carolina Journal News Service.

“I see individuals walk into the emergency department, saying, ‘I’m fed up, I’m done, I want to stop doing heroin. Can you help me?’ she quotes Dr. Stanley Koontz of New Bern saying. “And usually I’ll send the majority of them home.”

The reason, says Ms. Havlak is treatment programs are saturated and patients are often left to battle addiction on their own. Physicians place part of the blame on the federal government.