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Posted on: February 8, 2024

Community Book Read

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Lenawee County is pleased to announce another community book read.   This latest book read is for the book The Preventable Epidemic: A Frontline Doctor's Experience and Recommendations to Resolve America's Opioid Crisis by Dr. Arun Gupta.  

Every day, nearly 275 people are dying from opioid addiction in America. This doctor wants it to stop.

“I can’t retire. Not until the Opioid Epidemic finally becomes a chapter in our country’s history.”

Over the past two decades, the opioid addiction has resulted in the deaths of nearly one million people in our country. Screening and brief intervention for addictions will mean fewer people dying from illegal overdose and ensure that patients get prescription-grade pain pills or buprenorphine from the pharmacy, but doctors are not taught this in American medical schools.

In 2006, after years of feeling powerless to help those addicted to opioids, benzodiazepines, and stimulants, general practitioner Dr. Arun Gupta joined the American Society of Addiction Medicine and earned his certification to treat patients with addictions. Now, in his eye-opening new book, after decades of research and first-hand experience, he tells us how to end this crisis that is destroying so many lives. Here are some hard facts:

  • The CDC classifies Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and overdoses as “preventable,” and yet nearly 275 are dying every day.
  • SAMHSA says 41.1 million people needed substance use disorder (SUD) treatment in the past year, but only 6.5% received it. There are not enough addiction doctors to care for them.
  • Doctors are trying to comply with the literally thousands of regulations that have been thrown at them, or they face serious punitive consequences.
  • Respecting an addict's basic human dignity means they must have access to treatment. If they do not, we confirm their lives are not worth saving. The medical profession is trusted to save lives.
  • Passionate, factual, and written with truth as the only agenda, this book offers the practical solutions for the War on Drugs that American so desperately needs.

Members of the community are invited to obtain the book, available for free at your local Lenawee County Library, or available for purchase online at all major book retailers.  Then read the book between now and March 21, 2024, and join us for a discussion virtually.

The virtual discussion will be held on Zoom on March 21, 2024 starting at 6:00 PM, and lasting until approximately 7:30 PM.  Members can access the meeting by utilizing the meeting zoom link.

Presenters:  Dr. Arun Gupta, Author.  Laura Pipis, Executive Director of United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties, Francine Zysk, Lenawee County Community Development Coordinator.

  • 6:00 –6:30 How is the Opioid Epidemic Preventable and what can we do as the local community?
  • 6:30 – 7:00 What are the impacts of substance use that face our youth, educators, and communities today?
  • 7:00 – 7:30 Questions with Dr. Arun Gupta of what can we do in our communities to heal, as well as assist in prevention preventing overdoses and deaths in our community?

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