Daniel Schatz, MD

Under Trump, It's The War On Drugs All Over Again

As a doctor completing an addiction medicine fellowship, I treat many patients who have worked incredibly hard to gain a measure of stability in their lives after a period of problematic drug use. Often they were dealt a bad hand—many were exposed to childhood traumatic events such as physical, sexual, or emotional abuse or have anxiety or depression that makes them more prone to perceive pain as intolerable, and also more likely to fall prey to addiction. They are often the first to admit they could have played their cards differently. But they have scratched and clawed their way back to a life that most people take for granted—one that the war on drugs could take away from them again. They have escaped addiction, but can they escape the drug war?

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