Methadone: A Flicker Of Light In The Dark

Methadone: A Flicker Of Light In The Dark

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 MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT FOR OPIOID ADDICTION: CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS PART 5 OF 9

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PostSubject: MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT FOR OPIOID ADDICTION: CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS PART 5 OF 9   Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:12 pm






Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Challenges and Solutions

Challenges and Solutions - # 5 of 9 in a weekly series



The Challenge: Legislative Restrictions Affecting Patients and Programs

State legislators and municipalities were passing restrictive legislation and zoning ordinances, which sought to curtail the availability of methadone maintenance treatment for chronic opioid addiction. Some state legislatures sought to impose limits on the duration of treatment while other sought to impose limits on the maintenance dosages that could be administered. Some state legislatures sought to limit take-home medication and the location of OTPs. Some states sought to limit how patients could obtain drivers licenses. There was also a federal legislative proposal to restrict Medicaid reimbursement and federal financial support for opioid addiction treatment.

Solution

The Association worked with the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, individual state authorities, treatment providers and federal/state legislators throughout the country to better educate state officials about the value of our treatment services. In certain cases, these initiatives represented critical public debates in the media over the course of months.

What May Have Happened If AATOD Had Not Acted

Federal legislation might have passed, ending funding for methadone treatment through block grants and Medicaid. State legislatures may have succeeded in restricting patients being able to hold drivers licenses and treatment programs may have been limited to subtherapeutic dosages and length of time in treatment for patients in a number of states. Ultimately, methadone treatment programs would have been driven out of existence in a number of municipalities.


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PostSubject: Re: MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT FOR OPIOID ADDICTION: CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS PART 5 OF 9   Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:16 pm

I know Federally Funded and/or State Funded clinics do exist, but I have not had the luxury of attending one. The clinics I have gone to were all over an hours drive one way and were self pay, accepting NO insurance or Fed/State funding. Thus the $350 a month comes straight from our pocket. I cringe when I think of the money spend since I have been on MMT for over 11 yrs now. Not a federal or state funded clinic within 4 hours of me.



Course I also cringe when I think of the alternative if I wasn't on MMT.


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Methadone; A Flicker Of Light In The Dark
www.medicalassistedtreatment.org
www.suboxoneassistedtreatment.org
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If you cannot afford to call us, send us an email and
we will call you at our expense.
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