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Why Aren’t There More Young People in MAT Programs?

Opioid abuse is the leading cause of death among American youth. Statistics show that young adults aged 18-25 are the biggest abusers of opioid medications. Despite these statistics, only one quarter of teens and young adults are in medication-assisted therapy programs. The low number of young people in MAT programs is cause for great concern. Without medication-therapy programs in place, many young people struggle with long-term addiction. Shocking Trends Regarding


Federal Response to the Opioid Crisis Gains Momentum

Despite tough talk from the White House on the country’s opioid crisis, response to the crisis has been slow. However, the federal response to the opioid crisis is gaining strength. In the past few months, various government agencies and law enforcement increased their efforts to influence drug policy. These efforts seek to reduce opioid addiction and provide substantial support for those struggling with opioid dependence. What Has Been the Recent


New MAT Payment Model Hopes To Meet Increasing Treatment Demands

New MAT model

A huge barrier in providing MAT services to addicts is reimbursing providers. Whether due to limited insurance coverage or a lack of MAT providers, the reimbursement of providers is an ongoing issue. However, a new MAT payment model will help meet increased demand for medication-assisted treatment services. This new MAT payment model, called Patient-Centered Opioid Addiction Treatment, gives qualifying providers an initial, one-time payment to cover the costs of MAT treatment. This


Trump’s Opioid Plan Sparks Controversy

trumps opioids plan

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


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