It’s a rare instance in which Trump isn’t trying roll back Obama administration policies, and where fractious
Trump declared last month that “we’re making medically assisted treatment more available and affordable,” even as
Not to offer such treatment for opioid addiction is like “trying to treat an infection without antibiotics,” new Health and Human Services Secretary
Experts have long argued that medication-assisted treatment should be the standard of care for people addicted to heroin and other opioid drugs. But acceptance lags. Cost is a barrier, as are government regulations. Some of the treatment drugs are opioids themselves and there’s no consensus on how long patients should remain in treatment.
In its final year, the Obama administration pushed through
The 2018 spending bill provides another
“The government is talking about treatment and medication-assisted treatment in a way that the government has never done before,” said
Overdose deaths from heroin, synthetics like fentanyl, and prescription painkillers, reached 42,000 in 2016, according to the latest statistics.
“This is being addressed as the illness that it is,” said
Grants are awarded to states based on a variety of factors, including overdose deaths and the number of people who can’t find treatment.
A study looking at
“People got back to what they were before the addiction seized them,” she said.
As a doctor, “it was on a personal level so rewarding to save other mothers’ children.”
Skeptics of the government emphasis on medication-assisted treatment say it’s not a cure-all.
“We should be increasing medication-assisted treatment,” said Goyer. “But we should also be increasing everything else.”
At the Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers in
“It really is an assist to the treatment,” said Ramsey. Along with medication, treatment incorporates a version of the traditional 12-step approach to quitting, counseling sessions, group meetings, and follow-up. “Our goal is still abstinence.”
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Finally Judy signed up for comprehensive treatment at Neil Kennedy.
The medication puts out “the fire of active addiction, of having to wake up and use,” said Judy. But he says that needs to be followed with counseling, peer support and follow-up care.
“I believe that addiction is based on and driven by loss, and at the core of it is pain,” said Judy. “If you don’t address those issues, sooner or later you’re going to relapse.”