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Taking Drugs to Cure Addiction?- Kirsten


Opioid addiction is a crippling condition that plagues people of all ages and walks of life. Since the addiction is so powerful, and withdrawal is so painful, quitting can seem near impossible for those addicted.

In 2017 alone, 47,600 people died from opioid addiction. This crisis must be stopped. One way to help addicts recover is through drug treatments. Below is a link to a video explaining drug treatments for opioid addictions.

Once an addict has decided to seek drug treatments, the next step is to choose what treatment. Three common options are methadone, vitriol, and suboxone. Below are infographics explaining these three options.

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Methadone tablets
Vivitrol injection kit
Suboxone can also come in a strip form, to be put under the tongue
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Different treatments are ideal for different addicts. This website is not meant to be a prescribing tool, but rather an informational one. If you or your loved one is considering drug recovery, please consult a doctor. Need more help? Contact the National Drug Hotline for more help, 1-888-633-3239

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COMMENTS: 9
  1. April 24, 2019 by Kim Porto Reply

    Shaw,
    This was really informative. I really like the way you organized all the information. It was clear and easy to see the pros and cons of each treatment.
    Mrs. Porto

    • April 29, 2019 by Kirsten Mettler Reply

      Thank you! I really appreciate your feedback. I wanted to highlight the pros and cons of these treatments because I think all of these options can get very confusing. When I have seen media coverage of this issue, drug treatments are often treated as one big category, but the truth is there is a lot of variation even within drug treatments.

  2. April 24, 2019 by Kim Porto Reply

    This was really informative. I really like the way you organized all the information. It was clear and easy to see the pros and cons of each treatment.
    Mrs. Porto

  3. April 26, 2019 by William.Porto Reply

    Shaw, you did a really good job providing a lot of information about a very interesting topic. Great job! Do you ultimately think drugs could be a potential solution to addiction?

    • April 29, 2019 by Kirsten Mettler Reply

      I think right now, drug treatments are the best option we have for opioid addicts. Given, I am no expert, but every source I found seemed to think quitting cold-turkey was practically impossible. In the long run, I think the goal should be to figure out how to use these drugs more as ween off pieces rather than long term solutions

  4. April 27, 2019 by Tom Iampietro Reply

    Your exposition is excellent, well documented and clearly explained. That said, can an individual/society lead a happy/productive life w/o being fully in contact with their environment. Fascinating question. Neatly Done, Stanford!

    • April 29, 2019 by Kirsten Mettler Reply

      Thank you, Mr. I! I truly don’t think drug treatments are the end all be all solution, but they are a step in the right direction. Maybe they don’t lead to a perfect quality of life, but they lead to a better quality of life than opioid addiction, and that is a step.

  5. April 28, 2019 by Michaela Kim Reply

    Hi Kirsten, your project was super organized and informative! Something that I found super impressive and cool was how non-biased your web page was; each drug got it’s own section, with similar amounts of information. Also, I never knew that other drugs were used to cure drug addiction, so this was a huge learning moment for me! As of now, which drug/recovery method do hospitals/medical professionals recommend? Is there a more standard drug to use? I’m also curious to see how this process of treating withdrawal patients have evolved/will evolve: what new medications will be made? Thanks for bringing a new topic into my attention!

    • April 29, 2019 by Kirsten.Mettler Reply

      Thank you, Michaela. That is exactly why I wanted to do this project; so many people don’t know about this whole side of addiction treatment. Right now, methadone is sort of the go to treatment. It is the one that has been around the longest, so it is the one we know the most about. However, as the upsides of other drugs like suboxone are becoming apparent, people are starting to switch to alternatives. Thank you for your curiosity!

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