“Despite predictions that healthcare reform would greatly increase the number of people seeking drug and alcohol treatment, a new study conducted in Oregon suggests so far, no big changes are occurring in that state.
“We’re not seeing any upticks in the number of people with drug or alcohol diagnoses, or changes in access to medications to treat alcohol and drug disorders,” says Dennis McCarty, PhD, Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.
“So far, while healthcare reform is moving forward, it’s business as usual for drug and alcohol treatment programs in Oregon,” McCarty said. “We’re not seeing any big changes in how the programs are delivered.”
Source: JoinTogether.org – December 10, 2014