Opioid Use, Addiction, and Overdoses
Opioid use, addiction, and overdoses have increased to alarming rates in the United States in recent years.
Millions of Americans are affected by the opioid epidemic every day. Read Volkow et al.’s (2014) article and
pages 1-4 in Brown’s (2018) article before discussing the following questions:
For this week’s main post, answer the following questions. Be sure to include factual, properly cited information
in your post.
What are some ways that opioid addiction is affecting the United States?
What are some forms of treatment available to those suffering from opioid addiction?
If you had a friend or family member suffering from opioid addiction, what sort of help would you recommend
Brown, A. R. (2018). A systematic review of psychosocial interventions in treatment of opioid addiction, Journal
of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/1533256X.2018.1485574
Coon, D., Mitterer, J.O., & Martini, T. (2019). Introduction to psychology: Gateways to mind and behavior (15th
ed.). Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.
Volkow, N. D., Frieden, T. R., Hyde, P. S., & Cha, S. S. (2014). Medication-assisted therapies — tackling the
opioid-overdose epidemic. New England Journal of Medicine, 370(22), 2063-2066.