Title

Medication Assisted Treatment: Solution or New Epidemic

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

The opioid epidemic is rapidly impacting individuals across the nation. The rates of overdose have increased significantly, resulting in healthcare providers, government workers, law enforcement, and other individuals in professional standing to take action. The illegal use of narcotics has caused devastation throughout communities across the United States, which has resulted in policies and procedures being implemented as possible solutions to the opiate epidemic. A solution that many are currently advocating for and encouraging the addicted population to pursue is medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services and the encouragement of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT) of 2018 which allows physical health providers the ability to prescribe medication for MAT services. Unfortunately, there is a disconnect between addiction treatment providers and the medical community regarding MAT services, which cause oversight to new problems emerging with the addicted population that include dependence on the MAT services medication and inconsistent compliance standards. By implementing a standard protocol for providers to follow with the encouragement/requirement of alternative treatment solutions to address the behavioral components, the likelihood, an individual will be successful at maintaining abstinence increases.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Christine Henderson

Department/Program

Law & Justice

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

Medication Assisted Treatment: Solution or New Epidemic

Ellensburg

The opioid epidemic is rapidly impacting individuals across the nation. The rates of overdose have increased significantly, resulting in healthcare providers, government workers, law enforcement, and other individuals in professional standing to take action. The illegal use of narcotics has caused devastation throughout communities across the United States, which has resulted in policies and procedures being implemented as possible solutions to the opiate epidemic. A solution that many are currently advocating for and encouraging the addicted population to pursue is medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services and the encouragement of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT) of 2018 which allows physical health providers the ability to prescribe medication for MAT services. Unfortunately, there is a disconnect between addiction treatment providers and the medical community regarding MAT services, which cause oversight to new problems emerging with the addicted population that include dependence on the MAT services medication and inconsistent compliance standards. By implementing a standard protocol for providers to follow with the encouragement/requirement of alternative treatment solutions to address the behavioral components, the likelihood, an individual will be successful at maintaining abstinence increases.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/COTS/74