Why do we need an opioid treatment facility in this community? | Opioid Addiction Treatment Services
Drug addiction ignores every socio-economic variable and finds its way into all communities. Treating addiction is far less costly than ignoring addiction. Demographic data on patients indicates that the vast majority of patients in treatment have long associations with the community as a person struggling with their disease. It is far better to provide and encourage treatment of the addicted patient than to ignore the problem and live in the community with those untreated. If left untreated, drug use will certainly not go away, and it will impact the community through public health diseases like tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and hepatitis. Additional community costs include unpaid emergency room visits, admission to medical and psychiatric facilities, criminal activities of active addicts supporting their addiction, and incarceration.