Democrats Ask Drug Policy Office to Do More to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Twenty Democratic senators are asking the Office of National Drug Control Policy to do more to combat the opioid epidemic, according to the Associated Press.
Many people with addictions can't access rehabilitation services, but if you're a celebrity like Charlie Sheen you can get treatment even if you don't currently have a drinking or drug problem, the New York Daily News reported Feb. 26.
A recent domestic-violence incident led Sheen's wife, Brooke Mueller, to check into treatment, but Sheen entered an inpatient treatment program for what was termed preventative reasons — a move that celebrity gossip sites immediately dubbed “prehab.”
Gawker called prehab “a new celebrity phenomenon” for “non-addicts [who] need 'me' time, too,” but Dennis Lin of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine said it's not an option available to most people with addiction problems.
“Prehab” is “definitely a celebrity thing,” said Lin. “It's definitely not a standard practice in addiction medicine … You don't just go check yourself in unless you relapse and start drinking or abusing drugs again.”
Some experts endorsed Sheen's proactive approach, but others saw it as public-relations damage control. “I understand why Charlie Sheen doesn't want to say, 'I'm back in rehab,' ” said Tina Tessina, a psychotherapist and author of “The Real 13th Step.” “He may feel that something needs to be done. Or he could just be putting on a nice face for the press.”