A Little Magic

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Despite advances in the neuroscience of addiction, progress in medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and legislative momentum, in 2017 more than 70,000 Americans died due to drug overdose.2,3 Clearly there are no perfect answers to the opioid crisis. Albeit messy, we must begin somewhere, and one upstream approach includes providing public education and reducing stigma such that people will reach out for help and find support readily accessible.4 Kate Messner's middle-reader novel, The Seventh Wish and Jarret Krosoczka's young adult−focused graphic memoir, Hey, Kiddo provide excellent starting points. This pair of books introduce what it is like to love someone who is addicted to drugs, and they do so without frightening readers away. As reviewer Anandam Hilde offers, these books seem “filled with truths, and a little magic.”

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)735
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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