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Medicaid Policies Restrict Opioid Addiction Treatment | The Fix

Medicaid Policies Restrict Opioid Addiction Treatment | The Fix | Methadone Maintenance Treatment--It's a RIGHT, NOT a privilege! | Scoop.it
Some experts say limited access to opioid addiction meds could put addicts' lives in danger.

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Really? I 'COULD" put addicts lives in danger by limiting access to Opioid Addiction Meds? How about calling it as it truthfully is. It WILL put addicts lives in danger for Medicaid Policies to Restrict Opoid Addiction Treatment! This is not a 'possibility'....this is a Probability! 

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WDEL 1150AM - VIDEO: NCCo Council wants Stockley Center to offer drug rehab

WDEL 1150AM - VIDEO: NCCo Council wants Stockley Center to offer drug rehab | Methadone Maintenance Treatment--It's a RIGHT, NOT a privilege! | Scoop.it
New Castle County Council wants the state to use a downstate medical facility for a statewide drug and alcohol treatment facility.
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Delware...you have a grand opportunity to address the lack of detox beds in the state by allowing the proposed addition of a drug and alcohol treatment facility to the Stockley medical center grounds. There is a desperate need for inpatient beds in Delaware. Currently, there is only ONE detox center in the state, a sad fact that must be addressed along with our propensity to treat addiction as a criminal justice problem rather than a public health issue.

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Help Influence Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment

Help Influence Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment | Methadone Maintenance Treatment--It's a RIGHT, NOT a privilege! | Scoop.it
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As an advocate, increasing access to mmt is always at the top of my agenda. But no matter how hard we fight, it seems the Department of Corrections in most US states are just not willing to comply with best practice and implement methadone treatment in US prisons. Not only are they refusing to allow opioid addicts the opportunity to access mmt, they are refusing to continue mmt for existing patients, which breaches the 14th and 8th amendments and the ADA, and also constitutes "deliberate indifference to suffering" by medical personnel! It's time for the government to step in and demand that DOC give existing patients access to mmt.

 

You can help by emailing your recommendations to SAMHSA! Let them know that mmt is a right, not a privilege, and inmates deserve the same medical treatment as anyone else suffering from opioid addiciton, especially existing patients.

 

Right now, it is routine practice for DOC to cut off methadone as soon as a patient becomes incarcerated, with the attitude that if they get locked up, they deserve to withdrawal. But what they don't realize is that, number one, it is lilegal to impose a punishment aside from the inmate's sentence, and number two, that most mmt patients end up locked up on warrants, not new charges. MMT reduces drug use and crime. So, it should be a no-brainer that inmates need access to it!

 

Tell SAMHSA that it's time for them to implement a policy that would make it illegal to deny methadone to existing patients. Methadone is a RIGHT, not a privilege!

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When Two Means Thousands (Russia)

In a recent online talk show hosted by the Russian service of Voice of America, Tatyana Klimenko, an advisor to the Russian Minister of Health, was asked why the medicines methadone and buprenorphine—known as opioid substitution treatment (OST)—are banned in Russia despite libraries of scientific evidence proving their effectiveness in preventing HIV and reducing heroin use. “Only two patients are demanding OST in Russia, Alexey Kurmanayevsky and Irina Teplinskaya,” Klimenko dismissively responded.


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New Report Exposes Shortcomings at NYC Methadone Programs — AIDS Issues Update — Housing Works

New Report Exposes Shortcomings at NYC Methadone Programs — AIDS Issues Update — Housing Works | Methadone Maintenance Treatment--It's a RIGHT, NOT a privilege! | Scoop.it

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Effectiveness And Cost Effectiveness Of Expanding Harm Reduction And Antiretroviral Therapy In A Mixed HIV Epidemic: A Modeling Analysis For Ukraine

Effectiveness And Cost Effectiveness Of Expanding Harm Reduction And Antiretroviral Therapy In A Mixed HIV Epidemic: A Modeling Analysis For Ukraine | Methadone Maintenance Treatment--It's a RIGHT, NOT a privilege! | Scoop.it

A new study from Stanford researchers published in PLoS Medicine makes the case that a combination of methadone substitution therapy and anti-retroviral treatment would have the greatest ef (Effectiveness And Cost Effectiveness Of Expanding Harm Reduction And Antiretroviral Therapy In A Mixed HIV Epide... http://bit.ly/gYS8bv)


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Documented poor sleep among methadone-maintained patients is associated with chronic pain and benzodiazepine abuse, but not with methadone dose

European Neuropsychopharmacology, Volume 19, Issue 8, Pages 581-588, August 2009, Authors:Einat Peles; Shaul Schreiber; Miriam Adelson

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Zac Talbott's curator insight, June 7, 2013 10:21 PM

Methadone maintenance treatment patients who have issues with poor sleeping habits and routines often have co-occuring chronic pain and/or benzodiazepine abuse - - - Sleep problems in MMT patients rarely are in relation to methadone dosage.

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Why the methadone doesn't work

Why the methadone doesn't work | Methadone Maintenance Treatment--It's a RIGHT, NOT a privilege! | Scoop.it
Doling out methadone to heroin addicts has become a daily ritual for many pharmacies but the government needs to tackle the root causes of addiction...

 

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A look at the past 50 years of research would show this ill-informned author that "the root cause" of addiction is biological, and that methadone treats it. Methadone supresses craving, blocks the effects of short-acting opioids, re-balances chemistry, promotes stability, and makes the patients more receptive to what counseling and therapy have to offer in the way of treating trauma and creating coping skills. 

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National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery

The National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA Recovery) is an organization composed of medication assisted treatment patients and supporters of quality medication assisted treatment.

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Zac Talbott's curator insight, June 14, 2013 3:01 PM

RESPONSIBLE MAT ADVOCACY....

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A dangerous method with tragic consequences (NSW)

A dangerous method with tragic consequences (NSW) | Methadone Maintenance Treatment--It's a RIGHT, NOT a privilege! | Scoop.it

The deaths of a young mother desperate to get off methadone and several former  addicts, along with damning findings by the State Coroner, have thrown the  spotlight on the controversial use of naltrexone implants to treat opioid  addiction, Deborah Snow writes.


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Better Living Through Methadone

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Editor’s Note: Today brings the second in our guest series by Grey Ryder of aboutmethadone.org.  His first piece gave a brief overview of methadone’s history, with an eye to its bad rep...

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2min VIDEO: Malaysia mosque leads the way to harm reduction by providing methadone maintenance

2min VIDEO: Malaysia mosque leads the way to harm reduction by providing methadone maintenance | Methadone Maintenance Treatment--It's a RIGHT, NOT a privilege! | Scoop.it

Health experts want unique programme to be replicated across the conservative Muslim country, and they want to introduce needle exchange to combat the HIV rates amongst IVDUs.


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Delaware Voice: Delaware must expand its drug rehab programs

Delaware Voice: Delaware must expand its drug rehab programs | Methadone Maintenance Treatment--It's a RIGHT, NOT a privilege! | Scoop.it
We have an epidemic of alcoholism and prescription drug abuse in Delaware and the nation.
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Delaware citizens, tell your legislatures that we want and desperately need the proposed drug and alcohol treatment facility on Stockley grounds!

 

Let them know we're sick and tired of funding the incarceration of suffering addicts at $36,000 a year when it does absolutely nothing to help with their problem. Treatment costs just a tenth of incarceration and sets people up to succeed, not fail and become enmeshed in our exorbitant criminal justice system for life.

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Abby Rakosi Coulter's comment, July 24, 2013 11:12 PM
Absolutely Right Jennifer! I couldn't agree more w/ your sentiments on this article! keeping proposed facilities from opening is nothing short of CRUEL as it's a blatant disregard for the NEED and those who are in NEED of these treatment facilites. Tell me where to write....I'll be happy to state my views to the legislatures on the need for this facility on Stockley Grounds!
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Treating addiction as a chronic disease - how do we get from here to there?

Addiction Professional Magazine,Addiction Professional specializes in drug and alcohol treatment, recovery counseling, substance abuse, alcoholism and drug addiction recovery news and information for counselors, clinicians and treatment centers.
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Abby Rakosi Coulter's comment, July 14, 2013 10:44 PM
A great article Jennifer! Thanks for sharing!
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NAMA Recovery of TN | Director's Blog: Johnson City CERTIFICATE OF NEED Denied

NAMA Recovery of TN | Director's Blog: Johnson City CERTIFICATE OF NEED Denied | Methadone Maintenance Treatment--It's a RIGHT, NOT a privilege! | Scoop.it

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Unbelivable.....how can they not see a need for this clinic when people are driving for hours to get treatment every day??

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Zac Talbott's curator insight, June 28, 2013 5:15 AM

A sad day in Tennessee.

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Medication-assisted treatment of opiate dependence is gaining favor... [Cleve Clin J Med. 2013] - PubMed - NCBI

PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

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Zac Talbott's curator insight, June 7, 2013 8:26 PM

Medication-assisted treatment (with methadone or buprenorphine) of opiate (opioid) dependence (addiction) is gaining favor & patients are more likely to avoid returning to these drugs if they participate in a program that includes the use of medications.

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Drug rehabilitation center warns of methadone shortage

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“The Organization Against Drugs (OKANA), which runs rehabilitation programs for people addicted to heroin and other narcotics, has warned that it is running dangerously low on methadone as members of...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Methadone (USA)

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British comedian Russell Brand has a bit of 12-step recovery under his belt—and so, like a lot of people who fit that description, he fancies himself an expert on addiction. In fact, he’s so sure he knows his stuff that he’s taken it upon himself to tell the British government what treatment method is best: abstinence-only—and no maintenance, please! Conveniently, this is right in line with a recent push by the UK’s Conservative government for an abstinence-focused recovery agenda.


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RUSSELL BRAND IS A DOUCHE.

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Fact Sheet: Demand Methadone in Russia

In Russia, where there is the highest number of reported injecting drug use-related HIV cases in the Europe and Eurasia region, drug users are denied scientifically proven life-saving treatment.

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‘It’s ridiculous that addicts should be taking methadone indefinitely’ (Scotland)

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SCOTTISH ministers are facing growing calls to reduce Scotland’s £32 million methadone habit, and put more addicts on abstinence programmes instead.

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IT'S RIDICULOUS THAT THE DIRECT OPPOSITE OF 50 YEARS OF RESEARCH AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENT WOULD EVEN POTENTIALLY HAVE A PLACE IN SCOTISH POLICY.

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Addiction Treatment Forum | American Society of Addiction Medicine Urges an End to Interference with Physician-Patient Decisions on Addiction Medications

Addiction Treatment Forum | American Society of Addiction Medicine Urges an End to Interference with Physician-Patient Decisions on Addiction Medications | Methadone Maintenance Treatment--It's a RIGHT, NOT a privilege! | Scoop.it

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Zac Talbott's curator insight, June 13, 2013 1:28 AM

"The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) stated on April 30 that treatment decisions on the use of FDA-approved medications for addiction to opioids such as pain medicine and heroin should be made only by skilled physicians. Limits by governments and insurers on addiction medications can lead to patient relapse, crime, overdose and death, ASAM said in a major policy statement." - - Will states who play doctor through regulatory and bureaucratic measures like Tennessee head ASAM's warning that their continued practicing medicine without a license can lead to catastrophic consequences for patients in recovery as well as the community at large?  zt

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National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery

The National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA Recovery) is an organization composed of medication assisted treatment patients and supporters of quality medication assisted treatment.

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RESPONSIBLE MAT ADVOCACY....

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The Take-Charge Patient by Patient Advocate and Author Martine Ehrenclou ... - PR Web (press release)

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The Take-Charge Patient by Patient Advocate and Author Martine Ehrenclou ...

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#Methadone clinic (Canada) that removed punitive sanctions boasts highest retention rate (95%)

#Methadone clinic (Canada) that removed punitive sanctions boasts highest retention rate (95%) | Methadone Maintenance Treatment--It's a RIGHT, NOT a privilege! | Scoop.it

In addition to the high retention rate the study shows a decrease of 66 per cent in the number of patients using illicit opiates. There was also a drop in cocaine use.

 

The difference at the Saint John clinic is that patients don't have to take counseling, or pass drug tests to stay in the program.

"We showed that it's the opposite result. By removing all punitive measures, we have nothing but fantastic results for the patients,”


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The "War on Drugs" has promoted the use of punitive measures to get drug addicts to "straighten up" for many years. And we know it doesn't work. We know it, and we continue on with the mindset that addiciton is just a nasty behavior that needs to be "modified" rather than a disease that needs to be treated. We know that punishment does not keep an addict from using. Many times, the addict does not even want to use. The addict uses against his or her own will. The brain changes, and drug use becomes a survival behavior. If you were sent to prison or punished for it, could you stop drinking water?

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