Colleges are starting to address students in recovery
VICE News, A Nation in Recovery
Our subject this time is the opioid crisis that has already killed more than 600,000 Americans and could kill half a million more over the next decade, a death toll that rivals the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This unprecedented public health emergency is forcing us to rethink how we approach addiction, and a nationwide movement toward recovery is already underway.
To see how ordinary people are responding to the crisis, we spent time with college students struggling with addiction on campus; followed moms who are trying their hardest not to pass their addiction onto their babies; learned the science behind what makes opioids so hard to quit; visited two towns taking opposite approaches to getting residents into treatment; and met one family that’s taking a DIY approach to rehab. And we compared the national policy President Trump could adopt to the best wisdom from the states.