Defense Department Health Plan Will Cover Buprenorphine and Methadone

The Defense Department’s healthcare plan will cover the opioid addiction medications buprenorphine and methadone starting next month, according to the Air Force Times.

Until now the plan, Tricare, has covered the medications only for short-term, intense detoxification or pain management, the article notes.

“Medication-assisted treatment, to include drug maintenance involving substitution of a therapeutic drug with addiction potential, for a drug of addiction, is now generally accepted … and thus appropriate for inclusion as a component in the Tricare-authorized substance use disorder treatment,” according to the new rule, published in the Federal Register.

In a 2012 report, the Institute of Medicine urged the Pentagon to change its restrictions on opioid addiction treatment. Substance abuse among members of the U.S. military and their families has become a public health crisis, according to the report. The Defense Department’s approaches to preventing and treating substance abuse are outdated, the report stated. It found the rate of prescription drug abuse is on the rise.

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    October 7, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Methadone saved my life…it is awful the stigma associated with us “methadone heads”..and yes I gotta say it as well you can not snort methadone…not from a clinic anyway…methadone was not the cause if that accident…in a way they are liquid handcuffs, but I would gladly take the liquid cuffs and have a productive life raising my children paying my taxes and living a normal life…than the metal handcuffs I would be wearing without prison my children in foster care, thus continuing the drug cycle….when used properly, is an amazing way to become normal again…if you have never gone thru an opiate withdrawal…you have no right to cast judgment…

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    paul hart

    November 7, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Great…methadone…harder to kick than heroin, but pharma makes the profit and the tax payer pays…now that’s a racket.
    Oh- and how say the family of the two road workers in St. Louis County who were killed by methadone heads who ran them over after picking up their free methadone and snorting it on the way home.


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