CDC Director Calls For Destigmatizing Addiction To Confront Opioid Crisis


By Kimberly Leonard

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The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stressed Tuesday that it was necessary to remove the stigma around addiction in order to confront the opioid crisis.

“Addiction is a medical condition, not a moral failing,” said CDC director Robert Redfield.

The comments from Redfield came as his agency released data earlier in the day showing a slight dip in opioid overdose deaths for six months in a row. The data show that deaths have decreased by 2.8 percent since their peak, but it’s not yet clear whether this is a reversal in the crisis that will continue, or a temporary…click here to continue reading