Obama Tells Outdated Opioid Treatment Industry It’s Time To Change

HUFFINGTON POST (10/21) – President Barack Obama tackled the opioid epidemic on Wednesday by telling health care providers across the country that access to medication-assisted treatment must be expanded. For decades, those treating opioid addiction ignored the scientific consensus that the best approach involved medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration, coupled with counseling. Instead, the treatment industry insisted on a model known as “abstinence,” in which any prescription medication aimed at addressing a patient’s opioid use disorder was forbidden…Obama essentially said that will end. He released an order giving federal agencies with health care responsibilities 90 days to identify barriers to MAT and to come up with ways to remove them. Read more

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