Letter: Simply "Throwing Money at Opioid Addiction" Will Not Work

from County Commissioner Ron Beaty


As many are already aware, opioid addiction is without question a crisis of epidemic proportions in this country. It is an urgent and ongoing conglomeration of healthcare, financial, social, political and spiritual factors.

It impacts every geographical locale: urban, suburban and rural. Moreover, it stretches across nearly all human ethnicities and socioeconomic criteria.

Right here in Massachusetts, Barnstable County and Cape Cod are at the epicenter of this monumental battle.

It needs to be forthrightly brought to the attention of our respective appointed and elected government leaders that simply throwing money at the problem is not going to work. It never does!

They need to embrace the concept and practice of a “faith-based approach” to addressing the opioid epidemic and the addiction that is at the heart of the problem.

A faith-based approach essentially integrates clinical therapies and faith-based ideas. It assertively facilitates and enables addicts and/or victims of this horrendous epidemic to establish or restore their faith and relationship with God as a critical component to addressing the root causes of their addiction to opioids.

In the end, it is the spiritual factors of the problem which are the key to resolving this societal scourge and bringing it to heal.

Ronald Beaty, Barnstable County Commissioner

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