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Heroin: Epidemic Of Shame, Silence, Death

Heroin: Epidemic Of Shame, Silence, Death

Where is the outrage over the three-fold rise in heroin overdose fatalities in the last three years? How is it that more than 300 dead Connecticut residents last year have not received greater attention? It's because the major emotion attached to heroin and other opioid addictions — for the users and those who love them — is shame. This is followed by guilt, sorrow, fear — and silence. As a psychiatrist who works with people with serious mental illness and substance use problems, I'm aware that this rise in deaths is the tip of a Titanic-sinking iceberg. Indeed, the 300 percent increase is on top of a 400 percent rise in unintentional fatal opioid overdose...

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