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4 Steps for Reducing the Number of Opioid Overdose Deaths By Mike Smeth

In the last 20 years, there have been about 841,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States. This number does not include overdoses that were non-fatal, as most are not reported unless death is the result. Unfortunately, when a person overdoses once and survives, the likelihood that they overdose again is relatively high. Over 70% of reported overdose deaths are related to opioids, whether it be prescription painkillers or heroin.

Trump’s Opioid Plan Sparks Controversy


 President Trump presented an opioid plan calling for expansion of the use of Vivitrol in the federal criminal justice system. The plan is part of the current effort of the White House to curtail the country’s ongoing opioid epidemic. While Trump’s opioid plan addresses the needs of the vulnerable prison population, it is not without controversy. Trump’s Opioid Plan Favors Vivitrol Treatment Trump’s opioid plan centers on the use on

Myths of Medication Assisted Treatment Programs


 MAT programs are effective in the fight against opioid addiction. As part of a comprehensive treatment program, medication-assisted therapy helps addicts get and stay sober. Despite its advantages, the are many myths that persist regarding MAT. This article will explore the myths of medication assisted treatment. Additionally, this article will present solid facts supporting the benefits of medication assisted treatment. The Most Common Myths of Medication Assisted Treatment Myth #1:

The Ethics of MAT Programs


 Medication-assisted therapy (MAT) is an effective treatment option based on the medical model. As a result, those who practice MAT abide by a code of ethics. These ethics are important safeguards ensuring practitioners provide the appropriate services for each patient. Before you enter a medication-assisted treatment plan, you must ensure the facility follows the ethics of MAT. The following article outlines the clear ethics of medication-assisted therapy. What are the

Rhode Island Establishes MAT for Inmates


 In the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States, certain populations are more at risk for overdoses. The country’s inmate population is one such group that is vulnerable to opioid overdoses and death. To combat the epidemic plaguing the inmate population, Rhode Island established MAT for inmates. It is the first state system to offer MAT programs to its entire prison population. MAT for inmates consists of three therapies. Methadone and

Rutgers Medical School First To Offer Certified Medication Assisted Treatment


 New Jersey’s oldest medical school is the first nationwide to ensure its graduates offer certified medication assisted treatment. Rutgers Medical School (NJMS) recently announced updates to their curriculum to prepare new physicians for MAT. The first fully trained class of 158 students will graduate next spring. Certified Medication Assisted Treatment Fills A Void Until recently, the federal government regulated the training and certification for MAT programs. Medication assisted therapy programs

The Differences Between Vivitrol And Suboxone

Differences between vivitrol and suboxone


 Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a powerful tool in combating drug addiction. Two popular medications used by MAT professionals  are Suboxone and Vivitrol. With therapy and other interventions, Vivitrol and Suboxone are a powerful tool to help addicts get and stay sober. When considering MAT, it is important to understand the differences between these medications and how they can help you beat addiction once and for all. What Type of Medication

Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Addiction Expanding


 The FDA will expand medication-assisted therapy for opioid addiction. In a recent article in the New York Times, they will share new treatment guidelines in the coming weeks. This change corrects misconceptions that patients must be totally abstinent for MAT to be effective. Current Health and Human Services secretary Alex A. Azar II announced this change during the recent National Governors Association. During the event, Azar stated the following: Medication-assisted

Why Medically Assisted Treatment is Beneficial in Treating Addiction

medically assisted treatment


 When a patient is suffering a disease, the use of medications is an important component in treating that disease. In drug treatment, the use of medications often meets with criticism. Many treatment professionals feel the use of medications to treat substance abuse is merely seen as replacing one substance for another. With 115 people dying per day from opioid abuse, medically assisted treatment can be very beneficial in an overall

MAT Proven Effective For Opioid Addiction


 Medically assisted treatment has been considered controversial in the past, especially for opioid addictions. This is because there has been a stigma surrounding the treatment due to people considering it to be a replacement for an addiction opposed to an actual rehabilitation. This is simply not true. More and more studies are suggesting people are turning their lives around due to medical assistance and are able to eventually fully recover

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