By Dave Pritchett, Wilderness Way Community (Portland, OR)
Addiction and Systems of Isolation
Every morning I walk into the addiction medicine center where I work, and scan the crowd attempting admission. Every morning, the faces of people hoping for treatment mimic the national trend of opiate addiction–overwhelmingly white, young men, in their 20’s and 30’s. While it is true that people struggling with mental health as well as people living in rural settings are statistically more susceptible to opioid pill addiction, heroin users tend to be urban men in their 20’s.
Because of this, my role in addiction medicine often feels similar to the men’s work I do. Continue reading “Love & Drugs”