These are certainly desperate times when it comes to the nation’s opioid epidemic. It might not be a desperate measure to force addicts into short-term rehabilitation facilities, but it’s getting attention, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“In an aggressive, new proposal, Massachusetts authorities want to allow hospital staff to send overdose patients to treatment centers against their will for up to three days,” the WSJ reports. “The goal is to buy more time for addicts facing imminent risks to accept longer-term treatment.”
Two often addicts are revived in emergency departments, leave right away, and get their next fix almost immediately. And sometimes the next fix is the last one.
Source: Wall Street Journal