Taskforce Tackles Substance Abuse Problem

A task force of lawmakers has been meeting monthly since the summer to understand Missouri’s substance abuse crisis better and find ways to address it. Doug Burgess, an addiction psychiatry professor at University Health in Kansas City, says step one towards treating substance abuse disorder is getting rid of the stigma…

Burgess says that because of stigma, people who are in recovery are afraid or ashamed to tell their stories. He routinely tells his students that regardless of what field of medicine they enter, they will ultimately deal with and treat substance abuse disorder.

(From Missourinet)