Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s description of medication-assisted treatment for addiction as “substituting one opioid for another” is inaccurate, according to addiction experts who have asked Price to “set the record straight.”
Sheriffs and police officers across the country who recognize the extent of the opioid epidemic are implementing innovative programs that focus on treatment of the underlying substance use disorder as a long-term solution.
The Trump Administration recently told California, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York they can keep Medicaid waivers that increase the number of addiction treatment beds. The waivers were granted by the Obama Administration.
In 2015, more than 12 million Americans reported misusing a prescription opioid in the past year. All of us – health care professionals, parents, educators, community leaders, law enforcement and policy makers – have a role to play in reversing the nation’s opioid epidemic and saving lives. The American Medical Association and the Partnership together are committed to ensuring that physicians and families have the education and resources they need. We urge you to join us in our efforts to reverse this national epidemic.
Health insurance companies, facing an increase in claims for substance abuse treatment, are pushing for changes such as emphasizing medication-assisted treatment over abstinence, according to the Hartford Courant.