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Seven Steps to Fix the Opioid Addiction Crisis Now: We Already Have Most of the Tools We Need

Recently, Professional Voices revisited an issue that The Fix has been focused on since its inception: the public health debacle caused by the overprescribing of opioid pain medications, and the related increase in heroin use and overdose, which has contributed to the deaths of tens of thousands of...

Barriers to Medication Assisted Treatment for Opiate Use Disorders

It has become an all too familiar (but no less disturbing) scenario for the nurse practitioner working in a large drug treatment center in upstate New York. Today she is leading an educational support group for individuals who are opiate dependent and awaiting medication assisted treatment with...

#CombatHeroin: New York State’s Campaign to Address Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse

Heroin and prescription opioid medication abuse are persistent national problems that are reaching deep into communities across New York State. The problem is increasingly affecting teenagers and young adults, though older New Yorkers are consistently affected. More and more people are dying...

Creating Innovative Programs for Young Adults in Treatment

As more opioid-addicted young adults are entering treatment facilities, many addiction professionals are seeking alternative ways to guide this demographic into recovery. Marworth Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Treatment Center’s young adult population (ages 18-25) doubled from 159 in 2009 to...

Implementing a Buprenorphine Program in an Opioid Treatment Program

Acritical element to successfully treating opioid addiction and addressing the epidemic is offering a wide range of therapies. Due to the extreme dependence created by opioid use, Medication Supported Recovery is often necessary. For decades, Methadone; dispensed in an Outpatient Treatment Program...

Integrated Treatment Model for Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders

Individuals with substance use disorder have high rates of co-occurring medical disorders and are many times more likely to experience serious conditions such as heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, and pulmonary disease than individuals without substance use disorders. Additionally, individuals...

Living with Addiction: The Role of the Family

As you can see by the letters after my name, I am a Social Worker by profession but one of the most significant roles in my life has been as a mother. For the last 6 years I have been the mom of a 28-year-old son who is suffering from the disease of addiction. Prior to my knowing about his drug use...

Prescription Drug and Heroin Epidemic A Central New York Perspective

Like much of the country, New York State is experiencing a public health crisis of a magnitude never before seen related to prescription opiate and heroin overdose and addiction. While efforts to address this crisis are multifaceted, many of those in need of treatment are unable to get the help...

Resources Are Needed to Address the Epidemic of Addiction and Overdose

In spite of the fact that seemingly every media outlet in New York has raised awareness about the epidemic of addiction and overdose related to prescription opioids and heroin, the Office of National Drug Control Policy has identified it as a priority. Although the New York State legislature has...

Addressing the Opioid Crisis in New York City

Like communities and cities across the country, New York City (NYC) has experienced increasing deaths from overdoses due to opioids, which include both opioid analgesics (prescription painkillers) heroin. In NYC, opioid overdoses are the leading cause of deaths from accidental injuries and a...