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.
Because how to treat addiction isn't taught enough in medical schools.
HHS lays out its plan to raise the patient cap for doctors prescribing addiction medication.
The legislation would expand access to evidence-based treatment for opioid addicts.
When Kevin Rumley joined the Marine Corps after 9/11 to fight for his county, he never dreamed it would set him on a path to heroin addiction. But then again, no one who has struggled with drug dependency ever imagined ending up in that place.
We all need to focuses on effectively treating the underlying illness of addiction. There is no magic medication, no single treatment strategy which is 100% effective. Every approach must take into account the individual and relevant factors which exist in the community.
Jason Cherkis won for "Dying To Be Free," a look at heroin addiction treatment.
Of the 2.2 million people who need treatment for opioid addiction, only about 1 million are receiving it, officials say.