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Words matter: The language of addiction and life-saving treatments

By: Sarah Wakeman, M.D., FASAM, Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications News articles, radio, and television frequently report on the current opioid crisis. As the death toll has mounted, the media has importantly covered many aspects of the crisis. Unfortunately, this coverage often focuses on the very visible individuals who continue to struggle with active addiction. What is missing is a narrative of hope for a chronic disease which is as treatable as diabetes or…

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