I have just read Bethany Mandel’s two most recent Opinion pieces in the Forward, and she deserves unending gratitude for blowing the whistle on Jewish denial of addiction in our midst. The first piece, “It’s Time To Admit That The Opioid Crisis Is Also A Jewish One,” charts recent news coverage of opioid and heroin overdose crises in Jewish communities from Orthodox to Reform across the U.S. proving that denial now belongs with fake news. Her second piece, “I Wrote About The Opioid Crisis In The Jewish Community. The Response Was Overwhelming.,” generously yields the platform to the voices of those whom she empowered to tell their harrowing stories so that the tragic consequences of keeping silent are laid bare for all of us to read. Who cannot empathize with those lives caught in the maelstrom of substance abuse disorder and forced by social stigma to hide in the crevices of shame?
Read more: http://forward.com/scribe/379102/its-time-we-address-the-jewish-opioid-crisis-head-on/