To the Editor:

As a health care provider who has worked with people (mainly pregnant women) who are addicted to a variety of substances, including opioids, I would like to say that horrified is the only word I can summon to describe my feelings regarding last week’s GOP Viewpoint by Betsy McCaughey. If she would like to provide scientific-based, evidence-based information (words banned by Trump from CDC budget documents) derived from expertise on this issue, then she can get into the business of describing addiction myths and judging addicts. Even her statistic on deaths is incorrect. In 2016, the number of deaths attributed to pain pills and opioids was 33,000, not 52,000.

Addiction is, unfortunately, a bipartisan issue, but misinformation and propaganda will not solve it.

Reference: www.asam.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/opioid-addiction-disease-facts-figures.pdf

Anne McDermott CNM, MSN

Topstone Road, Dec. 18