“Doctors have basically been taught and raised and are functioning in a system where addiction is always someone else’s job,” said Priya Mammen, an emergency physician and public health advocate from South Philadelphia. “The regulations treat these medications as qualitatively different from any other medication we prescribe. It gives off the impression that addiction is a specific kind of illness — but from all the literature, all the data we know, it’s a chronic disease. But it’s not treated like that in the system.”

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