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The Opioid Fix

America's Addiction Crisis and the Solution They Don't Want You to Have

America's addiction crisis is growing worse. More than 115 Americans die daily from opioid overdoses, with half a million deaths expected in the next decade. Time and again, scientific studies show that medications like Suboxone and methadone are the most reliable and effective treatment, yet more than 60 percent of US addiction treatment centers fail to provide access to them.

In The Opioid Fix, Barbara Andraka-Christou highlights both the promise and the underuse of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Addiction, Andraka-Christou writes, is a chronic medical condition. Why treat it, then, outside of mainstream medicine? Drawing on more than 100 in-depth interviews with people in recovery, their family members, treatment providers, and policy makers, Andraka-Christou reveals a troubling landscape characterized by underregulated treatment centers and unnecessary ideological battles between twelve-step support groups and medication providers. The resistance to MAT—from physicians who won't prescribe it, to drug courts that prohibit it, to politicians who overregulate it—showcases the narrow-mindedness of the system and why it isn't working.

Recounting the true stories of people in recovery, this groundbreaking book argues that MAT needs to be available to anyone suffering from opioid addiction. Unlike other books about the opioid crisis, which have largely focused on causal factors like pharmaceutical overprescription and heroin trafficking, this book focuses on people who have already developed an opioid addiction but are struggling to find effective treatment. Validating the experience of hundreds of thousands of Americans, The Opioid Fix sounds a loud call for policy reforms that will help put lifesaving drugs into the hands of those who need them the most.

About the Author

Dr. Barbara "Basia" Andraka-Christou, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida, with a secondary joint appointment in the College of Medicine, received her JD and PhD from Indiana University–Bloomington. Her research has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment and the International Journal of Drug Policy.

Endorsements

"Andraka-Christou presents a well-organized, coherent, and compelling argument in favor of opioid agonist therapy. Combining fascinating historical details with anecdotes that give the narrative richness and texture, this book is an excellent primer for anyone who wants to learn more about the history, effectiveness, and barriers to opioid agonist treatment in the United States."

- Anna Lembke, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, author of Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It's So Hard to Stop

"With personal stories and persuasive data in equal measure, this compelling book dispels myths and misunderstandings about the use of medications to treat opioid addiction. It shines a light for individuals with addiction, families, healthcare providers, and policymakers to follow."

- Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

"The opioid epidemic has been associated with a blizzard of statistics. Yet the consequences of opioid use disorder, its treatment, and the policy making aimed at addressing the crisis remain profoundly human enterprises. Professor Andraka-Christou returns us to the human side with a rich qualitative study of the evolving opioid epidemic. This book offers a leavening influence on the discussion of the American opioid crisis."

- Richard G. Frank, PhD, Harvard Medical School

"The Opioid Fix tells the haunting story of how and why Americans experiencing opioid addiction, a chronic medical condition, have been offered ineffectual and non-scientific 'treatments' while being denied life-saving medication. In compelling prose, Andraka-Christou offers her readers rare insight into how and why this phenomenon began and, most importantly, proffers a promising, evidence-based 'fix' for our opioid crisis."

- Jody Lyneé Madeira, Indiana University Bloomington, author of Taking Baby Steps: How Patients and Fertility Clinics Collaborate in Conception
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