Opioid Addiction is the Cancer of Our Generation

The final commission recommendations

  • Increased access to treatment at centers with more than 16 beds by allowing a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) waiver (each state Governor must apply)
  • All federally employed prescribers have been directed to receive special training to provide medication-assisted treatment
  • Measures have been implemented to decrease the flow of illicit drugs into the country via the postal service
  • NIH has partnered with pharmaceutical companies to develop non-addictive painkillers and new treatments for addiction and overdose
  • More data sharing among state prescription drug monitoring programs and relaxing patient privacy regulations to allow improved ability to treat patients with substance use disorder (SUD)
  • Full enforcement of Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act to increase benefits for mental health and substance use diagnoses

Related articles: Here is a link to Dr. Dye’s two previous commentaries on the preliminary recommendations from Trump’s opioid commission.

Federal funding and programs

Opioid addiction prevention

Opioid addiction treatment, overdose reversal, and recovery

Drug courts

The bottom line

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