Opioid overdose deaths are down but the fight is far from over


Opioid overdose deaths are down but the fight is far from over

Leandra Bernstein
Sinclair Broadcast Group
July 22, 2019

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In recent years, addiction treatment advocates have worked to change negative preconceptions about the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) including methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone to treat opioid addiction.

“Medication-assisted treatment is the gold standard,” said Casey Dillon, the program director of Advocates for Opioid Recovery, but it is still difficult for many people in the country to find MAT providers and pay for the therapy.

[…] Advocates for Opioid Recovery is also pushing Congress and the White House to increase funding for treatment and recovery “substantially and meaningfully.” Dillon warned that the slight decline in overdose deaths does not mean the fight is over. “I think it means we can win. We are putting effort towards it and our efforts are paying off,” she said.

The organization recently a coalition committed to making addiction and mental health treatment a prominent issue in the 2020 election. Mental Health for US aims to get presidential candidates and other officeseekers on record endorsing affordable, easily accessible treatment, recovery and prevention programs for the millions of Americans that struggle with addiction.