Why isn’t medication reaching the addicts who need it?

January 21st, 2016

coverFrom the Pew Charitable Trust STATELINE:

The country’s opioid epidemic continues – every day, more than 70 Americans die from overdoses, and the numbers are climbing – only about a fifth of the people who would benefit from the medications are getting them, according to a new study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

“When we discovered medications that worked for AIDS, deaths immediately plummeted. It became a chronic disease instead of a terminal disease,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, chief medical officer of the Phoenix House treatment centers, based in New York.

“This epidemic could be the same,” he said. “We have medications for addiction now. But unfortunately, we’re not making them available enough.”

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