Long-term Desired Outcome
Addiction must be approached as an illness that affects our youth. Society has an obligation to protect youth from addiction (prevention) and protect youth with addiction (harm reduction and treatment)
Like other chronic illnesses, it requires a public health approach, not a criminal justice approach. People in recovery need ongoing health care and community supports to help them remain in recovery. We must build these supports, which includes; recovery high schools, sober dorms, housing, employment and a continuum of care.
We must also develop best practices with respect to privacy laws as they relate to those with addictions and other mental health conditions. Family caregivers have an important role to play in supporting their loved ones.