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Our Opioids Twitter Chat: The Highlights


The event, co-hosted by Phoenix House and Substance.com, brought together some of the most eminent tweeters in the field.

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Opioids—whether Rx drugs like OxyContin or heroin—are at the forefront of news coverage in the US. Yesterday Substance.com co-hosted #PillChat with the major nonprofit addiction treatment organization Phoenix House on Twitter. We dug into the issues around opioids with the help of some of the foremost experts, advocates and professionals in the field.

The event brought together a diverse range of participants. To read the whole thing, just go to Twitter and search #Pillchat. In case you don’t have the time, here are a few of our highlights:

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Question 1: The CDC calls opioid addiction “the worst drug crisis in US history” & the US consumes 80% of the world’s supply.Why is this? #pillchat

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Question 3: US states have much higher rates of Rx addiction than others. What might account for the differences? #pillchat

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Question 4: Research suggests that most new heroin users started with Rx drugs. What’s behind this? #pillchat

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Question 5a: News describes a heroin surge in suburban, middle-class areas. Does this reflect real change or just change in heroin’s rep? #pillchat

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Question 5b: Cory Monteith & Philip Seymour Hoffman’s ODs were major news.Did coverage lead to greater understanding of opioid addiction? #pillchat

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 Question 7: What steps can be taken to reduce the rate of overdoses? #pillchat

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Question 8: The opioid antidote naloxone can reverse ODs and saves lives. Why isn’t it more widely available in the US? #pillchat

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Question 9: What can other harm reduction measures (eg needle exchange, “good samaritan” laws) do to mitigate the problems around opioids? #pillchat

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