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Implications of the Opioid Crisis for the American Disability Community

Implications of the Opioid Crisis for the American Disability Community Purpose The profession of rehabilitation counseling has long been responsive to emerging disabilities. To date, however, the profession's attention and response to the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States has been incommensurate with the scope and detriment of opioids and opioid use disorder (OUD) on Americans with disabilities. The opioid crisis, including the overuse, abuse, and overdose rates associated with prescription and illegal opioids, affects people of all ages and backgrounds. However, people with disabilities are at increased risk for developing OUDs, and they experience greater barriers to OUD treatment than people without disabilities. Method This article describes the origins and development of this crisis, the relationship between disability and increased risk for OUD, and the barriers to treatment that exist. We then evaluate the role of rehabilitation counseling, including the need for further action in advocacy, research, education, and policy. Results and Conclusions Throughout this article, we encourage a more urgent and concerted response than seems to be the case presently. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education Springer Publishing

Implications of the Opioid Crisis for the American Disability Community

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Publisher
Springer Publishing
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© 2021 Springer Publishing Company
ISSN
2168-6653
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2168-6661
DOI
10.1891/re-19-25
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Abstract

Purpose The profession of rehabilitation counseling has long been responsive to emerging disabilities. To date, however, the profession's attention and response to the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States has been incommensurate with the scope and detriment of opioids and opioid use disorder (OUD) on Americans with disabilities. The opioid crisis, including the overuse, abuse, and overdose rates associated with prescription and illegal opioids, affects people of all ages and backgrounds. However, people with disabilities are at increased risk for developing OUDs, and they experience greater barriers to OUD treatment than people without disabilities. Method This article describes the origins and development of this crisis, the relationship between disability and increased risk for OUD, and the barriers to treatment that exist. We then evaluate the role of rehabilitation counseling, including the need for further action in advocacy, research, education, and policy. Results and Conclusions Throughout this article, we encourage a more urgent and concerted response than seems to be the case presently.

Journal

Rehabilitation Research, Policy and EducationSpringer Publishing

Published: Dec 10, 2020

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