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Advocates: treat heroin overdose with treatment rather than jail


Addiction experts agree it should be treated as a medical problem rather than a crime. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine Executive Dean David Stern said the director of the center for addiction on campus uses this approach. “He views addiction as a medical problem,” Stern said of Dr. Daniel Sumrok. “He doesn’t view it as a stigma, like ‘you’re a weak person because you have a problem with substance use disorder.'”

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