Twitter chat: The realities of opioid addiction and recovery

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The PBS NewsHour held a Twitter chat Thursday, Oct. 12th on the reality of addiction and recovery.

The opioid crisis is devastating communities across the nation, and overdose deaths are at record highs. These are the facts of America’s addiction crisis. But what does addiction really look like? What does it mean to recover?

As a part of the PBS NewsHour series “America Addicted,” our reporters spoke to former addicts, recovery coaches and doctors on the front lines of the addiction crisis to answer those questions. We asked them how they use naloxone to save lives, what role peer support and methadone play in recovery, and their thoughts on media coverage of the epidemic.

To share those stories, the PBS NewsHour was joined on Twitter on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. ET by NewsHour reporter/producer Frank Carlson (@frankncarlson), chief medical officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Dr. Jessie Gaeta (@jessiegaeta), and community outreach manager at the Anchor Recovery Center, Jonathan Goyer (@JonathanGoyer).

Read a recap of the conversation here —

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