Clearly we are in the midst of a drug epidemic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National drug overdose deaths are on the rise, and in particular with those using prescription opioids. In the midst of this epidemic, we have a critical shortage of addiction counselors. Read the following article from a NPR report to understand the scope of the addiction counselor shortage. (There is also a link available to the 4 minute NPR audio)

A "Help Wanted" sign isolated on white.
A “Help Wanted” sign isolated on white.

Emily Corwin reports for NPR (02/23).

As the drug-related death toll rises in the United States, communities are trying to open more treatment beds. But an ongoing labor shortage among drug treatment staff is slowing those efforts. Each year, roughly one of every four substance-abuse clinicians nationally chooses to leave the job, according to recent research. And that’s not just turnover — leaving one job for another in the same field. As an Institute of Medicine report documented in 2006, there’s been a shortage of addiction workers for decades. And the demand is only increasing; the Affordable Care Act and other federal laws have given millions more people insurance to help them pay for those services. If only there were enough counselors to treat them.  Read More

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