December 11, 2019
A new website focused on treating opioid and other substance use disorders was recently unveiled by the White House. The site is part of an overall national roadmap to “Stem the Opioid Crisis.” The roadmap lays out research and development goals aimed at preventing opioid misuse and treating addiction. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses; 68 percent involved a prescription or illicit opioid.1
At the heart of https://findtreatment.gov/ is an update of a directory of 13,000 licensed treatment providers maintained by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that is now easier to use and filter. Visitors to the site can search by city or zip code for a list of facilities in the area, then refine the list by treatment type, payment options, age, languages spoken, special programs available, and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) options.
In addition to the directory, the site explains addiction, mental health, treatment options, and ways to pay for treatment. The site is a good resource for healthcare providers to use and share with patients to help them find nearby treatment options when they identify signs of misuse during regular monitoring visits.
Monitoring patients for signs of opioid misuse helps healthcare providers intervene early to prevent addiction and overdose. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and most states call for regular monitoring of patients who are prescribed opioid therapy.
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