The lack of sufficient federal funding, coupled with the patchwork coordination of federal, state, and local authorities, has allowed the opioid crisis to reach epidemic proportions. Furthermore, many of the hardest hit areas are extremely rural or areas that have been impacted in recent years by various economic forces (e.g. inflation, recession). Consequently, many of the areas most affected by the opioid crisis do not possess the basic community resources needed to meet the needs of their residents.
Some of the most critical tools needed to wage this war include increased access to counseling and therapy for users and addicts, as well as increased medication-assisted treatments in the most rural areas, where cost and time may limit options for some.
The panel, convened by the ClearHealth Quality Institute, explored the need to coordinate intervention and treatment efforts at all levels, described many of the existing and emerging treatments available to providers and patients, and discussed how telemedicine can be used to scale these solutions and critical resources for those in the greatest need.
- Jon Evans, President & CEO, Innovatel
- Anne Woodbury, Executive Director, Advocates for Opioid Recovery
- Moderator: Peter Yellowlees, MD, MBBS, Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Professor of Psychiatry, University of California Davis; Immediate Past President, American Telemedicine Association
Watch the webinar recording on the ClearHealth Quality Institute’s website.