“San Francisco will begin supplying anti-addiction medication to long-term drug users and homeless people on city streets, an attempt to overcome a formidable obstacle to treatment that has complicated efforts to address the opioid crisis.
The city announced Thursday that its medical providers will offer buprenorphine and naltrexone prescriptions at needle exchanges, in parks and in other places where people with opioid disorders congregate. Users will be able to pick up the medications, which block the craving for opioids and the painful symptoms of withdrawal, at a centrally located city-run pharmacy.
The city is billing the plan as the first of its kind in the United States, though a few other communities have tried similar programs over the years.”
Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/san-francisco-will-bring-anti-addiction-medication-to-users-on-the-streets/2018/05/16/432238ee-593a-11e8-b656-a5f8c2a9295d_story.html?utm_term=.baefbf307829
Source: WashingtonPost.com – May 17, 2018