This HND piece follows up a column we did back in 2017, which covered most of the basics. In this latest story, we focus on a report issued by the New Center, that takes a historical perspective on the crisis, details where we are at the moment, and offers a number of recommendations.
One important recommendation involves expanding Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). The gold standard here is methadone, which must be dispensed in a highly regulated setting. Other MAT drugs exist, although they are not quite as effective. Still, it is most disturbing that there are still several states that prevent Medicaid from reimbursing for MAT.
Prescription drug monitoring programs can be helpful, but need to consider the legitimate needs of chronic pain patients. Drug courts that emphasize treatment over incarceration can also be beneficial.
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