The AMA is providing the following policy recommendations to help states and others with specific policy recommendations amid the COVID-19 global outbreak. These recommendations are to help guide policymakers reduce the stress being experienced by patients with an opioid use disorder (OUD) and pain as well as support efforts to continue harm reduction efforts in communities … [Read more...] about COVID-19 Policy Recommendations for OUD, Pain, Harm Reduction
Walking into one of the human services buildings for assistance isn’t as easy with the coronavirus pandemic closing a lot of facilities. “A lot of our services are still taking place, but people don’t realize that we are open. Some of these services are mandated, and we have to provide that service,” says Shelby Giles. Services like treatment, case management and … [Read more...] about The Road To Recovery Isn’t Over For People Battling Substance Abuse During ‘stay At Home’ Order
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic reaching exponential gains, it would be irresponsible to not align with the recommendations of limiting in-person interactions and practicing social distancing as much as feasible. However, this could prove to be challenging for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD), especially for those on agonist maintenance. Prescriptions for such … [Read more...] about What Changes Are Shaping Opioid Treatment Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
The United States simultaneously faces two unprecedented public health crises: the opioid epidemic and the coronavirus pandemic. Since U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s public health emergency declaration in response to the coronavirus, the federal government has urged the nation to practice social distancing to curb the infection’s … [Read more...] about An Epidemic Meets a Pandemic
There are about 30,000 methadone patients in New York City, all taking methadone on a daily basis for opioid use disorder. About 15,000 of them are going to be isolated because of suspected exposure to or contracting of coronavirus, according to a New York City Department of Health estimate given to the top private-sector opioid treatment program official in the state. Allegra … [Read more...] about Estimated 15,000 NYC Methadone Patients to Be Isolated. How Will They Get Meds?