The nation's hardest hit communities are turning to the long-stigmatized opioid treatment.
Fewer than 5 percent of emergency doctors work in hospitals that offer anti-addiction meds.
The good news: Feds are already moving to increase access to a top addiction treatment.
The Department of Health and Human Services proposed a rule change in March. But senators say it doesn't go far enough.
We need to start saving lives with tools we know work instead of making it harder for those fighting addiction to succeed and survive. Most importantly we need to see the life of a person struggling with addiction as more worth saving than the cost of the medicine. Comprehensive reform means acknowledging "new normals."
For many chronic pain patients who have landed on a daily regimen of opioids and feel stuck in their ability to progress and improve, transitioning onto a medication like buprenorphine can be a game-changer in that process.
Paul Yabor spent enough time with a needle in his arm to shake his head at the simple notion of ever really hitting rock bottom. He prefers to say he had a moment of sanity one afternoon in a Philadelphia flophouse, surrounded by the hollow-eyed faces of fellow heroin addicts.
HHS lays out its plan to raise the patient cap for doctors prescribing addiction medication.
The group didn't want HHS to increase prescriptions for buprenorphine.
"We need to lift people out of opioid-use disorder through medication-assisted treatment."
The Food and Drug Administration approved using buprenorphine to treat opioid addicts more than a decade ago. But federal
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If an OTP patient doesn't want naloxone, no one will force them to take it. But if they do need it, bureaucracy or out-dated moral policy should not stand in the way.