September 3, 2019 4:03 PM
National Recovery Month, and today, an estimated 180,000 Georgians are living
with an opioid-use disorder. To put this staggering number into perspective,
that means we have a population the size of Macon coping with the malicious
effects caused by the opioid crisis.
That was the opening paragraph of Attorney General Chris Carr’s op-ed to address the stigma of drug addiction in the past Sunday’s Atlanta Journal Constitution. To illustrate the fallacy, Carr recounted the story of Doreen Barr’s son Ryan and his losing battle with opioids.
In closing AG
Carr asked that we “in taking steps to break down the
debilitating stigma associated with addiction by encouraging a positive
discourse in your community.”