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Combating the stigma of opioid dependency with the help of architecture and emotions – bustler

Emotions, Architecture, Opioids (deadline extended to September 6) is an ideas competition seeking to explore the emotional impact of architecture, its effect on how people feel and behave – and how it can be of use in the struggle against opioid dependency. The goal of the competition is to design a building for the administration of methadone to patients, located in Venice, Los Angeles.

 
Architecture has an impact on how we feel and behave.

Opioid use disorder (OUD) in the United States has in the last decade snowballed into a national health crisis, claiming tens of thousands of lives each year, and costing society billions of dollars in addition to the immense emotional suffering of those affected. A major reason for the crisis is the stigma attached to drug addiction: the fact that drug dependency has long been regarded as a criminal problem rather than a health concern has over time established that anyone addicted to drugs should be punished rather than helped to overcome the disorder.

Solving the opioid crisis requires efforts from the government by making addiction treatment (like MAT, methadone assisted treatment, the method proposed in Emotions, Architecture, Opioids) available and accessible to those who need it, regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic factors – but as with many other issues, politicians won’t act until enough members of the public demand so. And if the general public sees addiction as a moral failure and a crime, it will continue to be treated as one. Conversely, if enough people started viewing addiction as a health problem – and demanded it be treated as such, policy, health care and more would soon be reformed to address the demand.

Read on >>>> Source: Bustler Combating the stigma of opioid dependency with the help of architecture and emotions

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