Only about 1 in 20 U.S. physicians prescribe medication-assisted therapy to their patients with opioid use disorder, even though it’s the standard of care for them. Through this survey, STAT hopes to better understand why so few doctors are prescribing methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone, or combinations of these to their patients who need them.
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Please let medicaid in SC Pay for methadone treatment. I was paying 400 a month and I can no longer afford it since it went up from 320.00..I was doing so ll on it. I want my life back.
I live in upstate SC…I pay 300 a month at my clinic…P.T.C DUNCAN SC
Let’s not call it medication-assisted. That makes it sound optional and like medication is assisting something else. Which it isn’t. It is actually treatment. Part of why doctors don’t treat addiction is that its treatments and treatment settings are separate from the rest of health care. Our language reflects that and perpetuates it.
We don’t call insulin medication-assisted treatment of diabetes even though behavioral treatments can also help treat diabetes. And we don’t call those psychologically-assisted pharmacotherapy…
Just call it treatment.
Or medication for addiction.
Or if wedded to MAT, medication for addiction treatment.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10826084.2017.1363238 How stigma kills.
https://journals.lww.com/journaladdictionmedicine/Fulltext/2017/02000/Medications_For_Addiction_Treatment___Changing.1.aspx changing language to improve care
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