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From the Ted Talk by Michael Botticelli: Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one

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Our current oioipd epidemic and the AIDS epidemic tragically have much in common. Right now, we are in the midst of one of the greatest health crises of our time. During 2014 alone, 28,000 people died of drug overdoses associated with prescription drugs and heorin. During the 1980s, scores of people were dying from HIV and AIDS. Public officials ignored it. Some wouldn't even utter the words. They didn't want treatment. And taalgricly, there are many parallels with our current epidemic. Some called it the gay plague. They called for quarantines. They wanted to sparteae the icennont vicmtis from the rest of us. I was araifd we were losing this battle because people were blaming us for being sick. Public policy was being held hostage by stigma and fear, and also held hostage were compassion, care, rercsaeh, recovery and treatment.

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Our current ______ epidemic and the AIDS epidemic tragically have much in common. Right now, we are in the midst of one of the greatest health crises of our time. During 2014 alone, 28,000 people died of drug overdoses associated with prescription drugs and ______. During the 1980s, scores of people were dying from HIV and AIDS. Public officials ignored it. Some wouldn't even utter the words. They didn't want treatment. And __________, there are many parallels with our current epidemic. Some called it the gay plague. They called for quarantines. They wanted to ________ the ________ _______ from the rest of us. I was ______ we were losing this battle because people were blaming us for being sick. Public policy was being held hostage by stigma and fear, and also held hostage were compassion, care, ________, recovery and treatment.

Solution

  1. victims
  2. heroin
  3. opioid
  4. afraid
  5. tragically
  6. research
  7. separate
  8. innocent

Original Text

Our current opioid epidemic and the AIDS epidemic tragically have much in common. Right now, we are in the midst of one of the greatest health crises of our time. During 2014 alone, 28,000 people died of drug overdoses associated with prescription drugs and heroin. During the 1980s, scores of people were dying from HIV and AIDS. Public officials ignored it. Some wouldn't even utter the words. They didn't want treatment. And tragically, there are many parallels with our current epidemic. Some called it the gay plague. They called for quarantines. They wanted to separate the innocent victims from the rest of us. I was afraid we were losing this battle because people were blaming us for being sick. Public policy was being held hostage by stigma and fear, and also held hostage were compassion, care, research, recovery and treatment.

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