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Why medication for heroin addiction is still hard to come by

Cary Bass-Deschenes
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Inmates at West County Detention Center are able to access medication for addiction.

So many people are dying from opioid overdoses in the United States that these deaths have fueled an overall decline in life expectancy in 2017. Doctors in the Bay Area are responding by bringing medication for opioid addiction to people in unconventional places, like homeless encampments, emergency rooms, hospitals, and jails.

"For a lot of people, it just feels like the tide is turning too slowly, and not nearly soon enough."

KALW’s Hana Baba spoke with Justice Reporter Holly J. McDede on why this medication is still out of reach for many people around the country.