Affordable Care Act to Provide Substance Abuse Treatment to Millions of New Patients

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will revolutionize the field of substance abuse treatment, according to A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, CEO and co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute.

“As addiction becomes treated as a chronic illness, pharmaceutical companies will be much more interested in developing new medications. “Immense markets are being created,” he said. “Until now, there have been about 13,000 treatment providers for substance use disorders, and less than half of those are doctors. Now, 550,000 primary care doctors, in addition to nurses who can prescribe medications, will be caring for these patients.”

Source: – February 27, 2013