New Opioid Treatment Legislation Proposed Jan 2018.
Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act of 2018
| The proposed legislation seeks to “amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for additional flexibility with respect to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders, and for other purposes.”
The legislation was introduced in the Senate this week to expand access to treatment for opioid addiction. Senator and Dr. Rand Paul of Kentucky; with Senators Ed Markey (Massachusetts), Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire), and Susan Collins (Maine) presented the new legislation.
The legislation is supported by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Physician Assistants, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, the American Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Opioid Overdose Death Toll Rises
In 2016, there were nearly 64,000 drug overdose deaths in the US and at least two-thirds were linked to opioids.
In comparison, more than 58,200 US troops died in the Vietnam War between 1955 and 1975.
The rise in drug overdose deaths was a big reason that life expectancy fell for the second year in a row in the US. According to preliminary figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were nearly 67,000 drug overdose deaths in the 12-month period through June 2017.
Opioid Crisis – How Did We Get Here?
In 1996, the time-release painkiller OxyContin entered the market and was aggressively marketed as being ‘non-addictive’. It was also advised for use in treating any type of pain.
OxyContin was also promoted as harmless pain relief lasting for a full 12 hours. These claims were backed by ‘extensive medical research’ – which later proved to be totally without merit.
- Beginning in 1996, general practitioner MD’s were allowed to prescribe a powerful opioid drug, OxyContin.
- Aggressive marketing, citing studies that OxyContin is non-addictive and totally safe for long term treatment of chronic pain
- General Practitioner MD’s were misled by medical studies promoting the ‘non-addictive’ qualities of OxyContin.
- In response to the new availability of prescription opioids – ‘pill mills‘ appeared.
- It took several years to realize the harm created.
Sales of OxyContin rose from $48 million in 1996 to more than $1 billion by 2000. Between 1999 and 2010, sales of prescription opioids grew 400%. As physicians prescribed more narcotic pain relievers to more patients for more conditions over a longer period of time, overdose deaths linked to opiates tripled between 1990 and 2015.
Need Help for Opioid Addiction? Effective, Evidence-based Addiction Recovery
Addiction experts agree that recovery from opioid addiction (and other addictions) require an individualized treatment plan. Each individual is unique; there is no ‘one size fits all’ in addiction treatment plans.
Successful long term addiction recovery requires integrated healing of the Whole Person: Body, Mind and Spirit.
English Mountain Recovery – Knoxville, Tennessee
English Mountain Recovery is a nationally recognized 36-bed residential inpatient addiction treatment facility. We are located 30 minutes east of Knoxville on a serene 27-acre campus in the heart of the Smoky Mountains.
For more than 10 years, the dedicated clinical team at English Mountain Recovery has provided life-changing care to people suffering from alcoholism, drug abuse, opioid abuse and other addictive disorders. We have a strong family program for whole family addiction recovery. English Mountain Recovery accepts most insurance.
Our professional clinical team creates individualized addiction treatment plans. We tailor treatment plans to our clients’ insurance, health history, gender, and addiction severity. Incorporating holistic modalities with 12-Step principles, we have built a stand-out residential alcohol and drug treatment center that draws people out of hopelessness into a new way of life.
English Mountain Recovery is one of the few residential inpatient addiction treatment facilities with gender specific inpatient treatment for both men and women.
Residential inpatient treatment means that the treatment center, sleeping quarters and all related recovery facilities are located at one location.
At English Mountain Recovery, our unique 30- to 90-day rehab – which combines the traditional 12-step approach with holistic options – focuses on the individual and enables self-discovery and healing of the mind, body, and spirit.
Our proven programs include:
- Treatment based on the 12-steps
- Gender-specific treatment
- Individual, group and experiential modalities of therapy
- Treatment of co-occurring disorders
- Relapse prevention
- Psychodrama, creative arts
- Comprehensive family program
- Spirituality and spiritual consultation
- Low elements ropes course
- Equine-assisted Therapy
- Somatic trauma resolution
- Relapse prevention
Recovering from alcohol and drug addiction requires individual courage – and the support of those who understand what it takes to begin and maintain recovery. English Mountain Recovery is here to help. To learn more about our program for you or someone you love, call 877-459-8595.
Getting Help – Alcohol and Drug Addiction Causes Serious Problems in Families
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If PTSD or any form of mental illness is also involved (depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and more) – it is critical to make certain the rehab center you choose has Dual Diagnosis addiction treatment. Dual diagnosis is also known as co-occurring disorders in substance use disorders (SUD) treatment.
New Start Recovery Solutions has access to comprehensive dual diagnosis addiction treatment programs in all areas of the U.S.
Contact David Burke at New Start Recovery Solutions for details and more information on addiction treatment programs that will fit your needs – and work best for you.
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