A major hole in the healthcare system has many hospitals and health systems fueling the nation's opioid epidemic — unintentionally or not. To shed more light on the problem, Becker's caught up with Gregory Rudolf, MD. Dr. Rudolf is board-certified in pain medicine and addiction medicine, and since 2004 has worked in a multidisciplinary pain management clinic at Swedish … [Read more...] about Hospitals’ Blind Spots are Fueling the Opioid Crisis — Here are Specific Ways Leaders Can Address Them
The federal government wants to weaken confidentiality rules for patients with addictions. This means people who have been in any kind of treatment—even years ago—but will mainly affect methadone patients, because protections for other patients have already been chipped away at. Patients who have been treated for substance use disorder (SUD) are currently entitled to … [Read more...] about Your Methadone History Could Soon be Shared Without Your Consent
One resolution at this year's meeting of the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) with family physicians' inability to prescribe methadone in the primary care setting for treatment of opioid use disorder. Resolution co-author Taylor Boland, M.D., of the University of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Health's Madison Family Medicine Residency Program, … [Read more...] about AAFP Supports Methadone Treatment in Primary Care
The availability of medicine-assisted treatment has increased significantly on the North Olympic Peninsula over recent years. Since 2017 Olympic Medical Physicians in Port Angeles has developed a medicine-assisted treatment program, Nortch Olympic Healthcare Network, also of Port Angeles, started and then expanded its Suboxone program, and new clinics are opening soon. BayMark … [Read more...] about Medicine-Assisted Treatment for Addiction Offered on Peninsula
More than 2 million Americans struggle with opioid use disorder (OUD), a chronic relapsing medical condition, but access to medication-assisted treatment—the most effective therapy—remains limited. Buprenorphine, one of three drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat OUD, helps alleviate painful symptoms associated with the disorder. But few clinicians … [Read more...] about Why Aren’t More People With Opioid Use Disorder Getting Buprenorphine?