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Sovereign Health Announces a New Article in ‘The Hill’ on Americans Struggling with Prescription Opioid Addiction

San Clemente, Calif. — Dec. 20, 2016 — Sovereign Health, a leading national provider of behavioral health treatment services, is pleased to announce the launch of a new article that’s now live on The Hill: “Why all the opium in the world won’t make America happy.” This article, written and edited by Dana Connolly, Ph.D., Susan Logan-McCracken and Rachael Mattice, explains how the U.S. consumes almost all of the world’s opium in the form of prescription opioid painkillers and heroin.

Seven out of 10 Americans take a prescription medication while 1 in 5 Americans take a psychiatric medication. The U.S. does consume almost all of the world’s opium in the form of prescription opioid painkillers and heroin. One in 112 Americans have an opioid use disorder. Eight percent (24.6 million) were currently using some type of illicit drug(s) as of 2013.

“This article takes a somewhat satirical yet sobering look at overall health in America,” said Rachael Mattice, managing editor for Sovereign Health. “There’s never one cause to any significant societal problem such as suicide, stress levels, chronic illnesses or even addiction. Shifting mentalities toward making personal health care a priority and a necessity should be our long-term plan.”

The Surgeon General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., recently released a report titled, “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.” In his report, Dr. Murthy highlights the importance of improving access to care.

This new article follows a recent Sovereign Health editorial, “The mysterious sealed opioid report fuels speculation,” which states that the opioid epidemic continues to worsen in the U.S., yet the Senate Finance Committee still has an investigation report sealed. In addition, the editorial, “Is affordable healthcare affordable? Is it profitable?” explores whether the Affordable Care Act is good or bad. 

About the Authors

Dana Connolly, Ph.D., is a senior staff writer for Sovereign Health, where she translates current research into practical information.

Susan Logan-McCracken, M.P.W., is an editor for Sovereign Health and an award-winning author. Logan-McCracken has 25 years of experience as a journalist, most recently as the editor of Cat Fancy magazine.

Rachael Mattice is the managing editor for Sovereign Health, leading a team of diversified managers, team leaders, writers and editors in the U.S. and India digital newsroom.

About Sovereign Health 

Sovereign Health’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of high-quality behavioral health treatment services for adults and adolescents, including support services for family members. One factor that differentiates Sovereign from other treatment providers has been the company’s ability to offer separate mental health and addiction or dual diagnosis treatment programs at its facilities. For more information, visit


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