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The opioid crisis is the biggest drug epidemic in U.S. history. Rather than jailing addicts, many advocates say these people need treatment. Under Obamacare, insurers were required to cover addiction treatment. Medicaid is currently the largest payer for addiction services in the U.S. But all Republican replacement plans for Obamacare eliminate the addiction treatment requirement, and many believe drug addiction is an issue of personal responsibility. What do you think?

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Critics argue we should stop taking a criminal approach to an urgent health problem. During the crack epidemic, the government's response was basically "lock them up and throw away the key," an approach that devastated communities of color and flooded our prison systems with nonviolent offenders. Jailing addicts does nothing to solve the problem—they need rehabilitation and support to overcome their addiction.

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But many people see drug addiction as a personal failing, and say it is not the government's responsibility to get people off drugs. Plus, rehabilitation is enormously expensive. Why should you pay for someone else's poor choices? Making bad decisions results in negative consequences and a safety net for drug addicts should not be something we feel compelled to pay for—especially when necessary government services (like clean drinking water) are already underfunded.

Recovery centers are expensive to operate. Rehab can cost upwards of $35,000 for a 30-day inpatient program, and an average of $10,000 for outpatient.
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But proponents of addiction treatment say treatment actually saves money in the long run.

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As more and more (white) people are affected by drug addiction, support for drug rehabilitation programs has increased. People see that just putting addicts in jail isn't a viable, long-term solution.

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Society doesn't benefit when drug addicts are unable to work or function. Many believe insurance should cover drug rehab just like they would cover chemo or physical therapy.

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But many people are still opposed to the very idea of paying for other people's rehabilitation.

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Should insurance companies be required to cover treatment for drug addiction?
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#AddictsNeedHelp
#PayForYourOwnRehab