May 28, 2024
Opioid/Substance Use Disorders | Tea Leaves
  • Industry leaders recently gathered at a summit for methadone clinics and discussed who should be allowed to prescribe methadone to patients. The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, a national advocacy group representing methadone clinics, has never seen the industry face such pressure to radically expand access to the medication. But amid record opioid overdose deaths, the clinics are facing calls for reform from major medical groups, politicians, and patient advocates, many of whom perceive the clinics as restrictive, punitive, or unwilling to provide patient-centered care. The Association’s leader voiced opposition to potential legislation that would allow any board-certified addiction doctor or addiction psychiatrist to prescribe the medication directly to patients. Some leaders acknowledged the shifting landscape and welcomed recent efforts from clinics to better meet patients’ needs. (Article here)