“US Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was visiting West Virginia on Tuesday for a “listening tour” to brainstorm solutions to the current opioid crisis when a reporter asked Price his thoughts on various drug treatment options, according to a report from the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
While Price echoed the Obama administration by calling substance-use disorder a “disease” and the crisis a “public health issue” and not a “criminal justice issue,” Price went against the prevailing wisdom on treatment options.
Price touted the success of faith-based treatment programs, and was decidedly non-supportive of medication-assisted treatment (MAT).”
Source: Businessinsider.com – May 10, 2017
See related article: Communities Key to Fighting Opioid Crisis, HHS Secretary Says – May 12, 2017 available at: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/12/527936103/communities-key-to-fighting-opioid-crisis-hhs-secretary-says