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When Shatterproof launched its new ATLAS (Addiction Treatment Locator, Assessment, and Standards Platform) project, funded largely by insurance companies, as a pilot in six states, opioid treatment programs (OTPs) of New York State said yes, they want to participate. The reason is not because OTPs are interested in having disgruntled patients post complaints in a...
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Covid-19 has made life much harder for people with opioid addiction. But the response to the virus has also revealed a way forward that could radically expand effective treatment and reduce overdose deaths.communities from the scourge of opioid addiction. Additionally, the Senate Majority released a report generated by the Joint Senate Task Force on Opioids,...
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Since March, when the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) relaxed rules for methadone take-homes to decrease exposure to the coronavirus, opioid treatment programs (OTPs) have been exercising this unprecedented freedom. Specifically, SAMHSA said March 16 that all states with declared states of emergency may request blanket exemption (from SAMHSA) for all stable...
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When New York State closed all essential businesses in late March, it left millions of people with questions about how to get medication without putting themselves at risk for COVID 19. That includes the nearly 30,000 people who receive methadone to treat opioid addiction across New York City, 15,000 of whom will have to isolate...
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For the 30,000 patients who take methadone every day for opioid use disorder in New York City, one big worry was potentially taken away this week. If they are not able to get to their opioid treatment program (OTPs, commonly known as methadone clinics) because they are quarantining with COVID-19 or symptoms of it, they...
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When COVID-19 hit the U.S., public health professionals were already busy battling another epidemic – the drug crisis in this country. President Trump announced Wednesday that the nation will launch enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to prevent drug cartels from exploiting the coronavirus pandemic.
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Deaths from drug overdoses are likely to increase during the coronavirus outbreak because of disruption to recovery routines and access to treatment, according to counselors and people whose rehabilitation depends on daily care.
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There are about 30,000 methadone patients in New York City, all taking methadone on a daily basis for opioid use disorder. About 15,000 of them are going to be isolated because of suspected exposure to or contracting of coronavirus, according to a New York City Department of Health estimate given to the top private-sector opioid...
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How should potential settlement money from the country’s opioid manufacturers be spent to combat the opioid crisis? Allegra Schorr, President of the Coalition of Medication Assisted Treatment Providers and Advocates, discussed the impacts a settlement can have.
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