“Opioids in particular are an effective coercion tool for traffickers because they numb both emotional and physical pain; clinicians have noted clear links between the current US opioid epidemic and trafficking. Some traffickers recruit directly from substance use disorder treatment facilities. Moreover, high rates of opioid-overdose death underscore the potentially lethal consequences of an opioid addiction for trafficked persons. Therefore, as in this case, opioid addiction in and of itself may be a red flag for clinicians to screen for trafficking.”
-Human Trafficking, Mental Illness, and Addiction: Avoiding Diagnostic Overshadowing
View THIS WEBINAR hosted by the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center on the relationship between Human Trafficking and the Opioid Epidemic. Presentations were delivered by grantees from the Office on Trafficking in Persons and Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Services Administration.