The advantage of virtual opioid treatment

Illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios Just 1 in 5 adults who had opioid use disorder in 2021 received medication to treat it, new federal data show. Why it matters: The finding speaks to the role that expanded telehealth access played in connecting people to drug treatment during the pandemic. What they’re saying: “More than 80,000[Read More…]

Addiction Recovery Care’s unique approach to addiction treatment

Amelia Ickes | Wednesday, July 26th, 2023  Kentucky recently ranked first in adult access to mental health, but fourth in drug overdose rates across the United States. Among the organizations addressing this disparity is Addiction Recovery Care, which offers the full continuum of addiction treatment across its 19 residential centers and 11 outpatient centers. Its first[Read More…]

Health: Providers still hesitate to prescribe buprenorphine for addiction, despite ‘X-waiver’ removal

By Lev Facher | July 21, 2023 Significant challenges remain before most American clinicians feel comfortable treating patients with buprenorphine, according to a new study. While the federal government’s recent moves to deregulate buprenorphine have led to a bump in new prescribers, it didn’t lead to a significant bump in overall prescribing volume. Many[Read More…]

Mountain State Spotlight explains: West Virginia’s opioid settlement foundation will soon have board members. Here’s how they’re picked.

By Allen Siegler for Mountain State Spotlight Local governments have been selecting their representatives for the West Virginia First Foundation. Here’s the process and what impact they’ll have on the state’s efforts to abate the opioid crisis. In the coming days, local government leaders across West Virginia are set to[Read More…]

‘Support them on their path to recovery’: Jackson County Jail announces new program to treat substance use

The Jackson County Jail now joins 34 other Indiana counties in offering treatment for incarcerated individuals with opioid use disorder. JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. — Jackson County Jail leaders announced a new program to treat substance use and reduce recidivism Wednesday.  Jackson County, Indiana Sheriff Rick Meyer said the Medication Assisted Treatment[Read More…]

Less Than 60% of US Pharmacies Stock Buprenorphine for SUD, Creating Multiple Treatment Deserts

Only 57.9% of pharmacies in the U.S. stock buprenorphine, a prescription used for medication-assisted treatment (MAT). That’s according to new research published in JAMA highlighting a potential access issue for patients in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. The cross-sectional study was based on data from virtual MAT provider Bicycle Health and included[Read More…]