“As panel after summit after commission after white paper is put forward claiming to solve the overdose crisis, you’d think that somewhere there’d be a short, sensible guide for how to improve our health care system to better manage addiction and pain.
But most of these reports and discussions dance around the edges and bureaucratic obstacles to change. Few address the fact that deep systemic change is needed.
I’d like to lay out the rudiments of what would actually help—and which measures matter most. I’ll start with the most immediately practical and move on to what is needed long-term.”
- Genuinely expand access to medication treatment—yesterday.
- Stop forced tapering of pain patients and provide real access to proven alternatives.
- Create a tiered system for addiction medication access.
- End insurance coverage, Medicaid or other government funding for rehabs and “sober homes” that reject the use of medication; provide no coverage of 12-step focused content.
Source: FilterMagazine.com – October 8, 2018