“Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The open-access treatment model, developed and implemented by a team of Yale researchers, has the potential to become a key component of treatment for people addicted to opioids.
Led by School of Medicine professor Lynn Madden, the research team recorded the behavior of patients with opioid abuse disorder at the APT Foundation, a substance abuse rehabilitation center in New Haven. Madden, also the CEO of APT, worked with five other professors from the School of Medicine. The study was conducted over 10 years; one year prior to the open-access model’s implementation and nine years after its initiation at the facility. The study was published online on Feb. 17 and will soon be printed in the journal Addiction.
The open-access model is defined in the paper as a framework “where prospective patients are enrolled rapidly in methadone maintenance treatment, irrespective of their ability to pay, and provided with real-time access to manifold group and individual treatment options from which they are free to choose.”
Source: YaleDailyNews.com – February 27, 2018