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  •  One should not treat all forms (3+ / 0-)
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    of health care the same.

    There are treatments that work and treatments that don't.

    We have 47 million uninsured mainly because states added more and more mandatory coverage items.

    Modern health insurance was designed to pay hospital bills.

    Blue Cross was created by a hospital to ensure hospital costs were covered.

    Treating substance abuse is like trying to make a 20-year old male abstain from sex.

    The marketplace needs to make coverage decisions.

    •  Depends on how substance abuse is treated (0+ / 0-)

      Sure it's not easy, but a lot of people improve dramatically with treatment for substance abuse. Why shouldn't they be helped? What's the benefit to society to leave them hanging around (or dropping dead at our feet)?

      •  We need to provide drugs (0+ / 0-)

        in safe forms such as in dilute solutions.

        Remember the original formula cola beverage.

        a lot of people improve dramatically with treatment for substance abuse

        "a lot"?

        My ample personal knowledge indicates the contrary.


        For just about as long as drug tests and jail time are in the picture.

        •  If they want to quit (0+ / 0-)

          they can buy a 30/60/90 day tapered strength supply of two-quart bottles.

          If not, they can just buy any strength a recent blood level test authorizes by law.

          •  There is a very effective drug now (0+ / 0-)

            That treats opiate withdrawal symptoms. It completely eliminates all withdrawal symptoms, and while it is addictive, it is far less so than methadone or opiates themselves.
            It is called Suboxone. For opiate addicts, it is a miracle drug. I've seen it work.
            It doesn't treat the addiction, that requires group support and therapy and different approaches for different people.
            But it DOES treat withdrawal, and really, really, well. It can also be used for long periods of time without building tolerance and is safe for long term use.
            For any addicts who are trying to kick, check it out. It works. Suboxone. Only problem is, it costs about 2 dollars per milligram, about the same as heroin.

            We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. Aesop (620 - 560 BC) -8.13, -7.74

            by AWhitneyBrown on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 10:02:47 AM PST

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