Opioid Commission Holds First Meeting

Cabinet members, commissioners and health advocates, including AOR’s Patrick J. Kennedy, discussed how to address the nation’s public health crisis.

Two messages reverberated at the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis’ first meeting Friday: Make evidence-based, long-term addiction treatment options available to everyone and acknowledge the parity between mental health and substance abuse.

AOR Advisor Patrick J. Kennedy spoke to the Commission, saying: “I’ve been someone who has received medication-assisted treatment, I’m also someone who’s in 12-step recovery. So this is personal for me, as it is for everyone else. I also grew up in a family where addiction and alcoholism were rampant and, unlike today, it was something that we never talked about.” “Because of the stigma around drug use and mental health issues”, he said, “the commission’s agenda is to create a new attitude toward addictions as physical illnesses rather than moral failings.”

To read more about the proceedings and testimonies, click here.

You can also watch the taping of the Commission’s first meeting here and find AOR Advisor Patrick Kennedy’s remarks starting at timestamp 12:13.

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