Publication date: Sep 10, 2019
-It is evolving from one where the main driver of opioid deaths were prescription opioids, and now we see that the main drivers are illicitly manufactured heroin and fentanyl,” said Dr. Patrice Harris, President of the American Medical Association.
Health officials from North Carolina said removing barriers to treatment helped reduce opioid deaths in their state.
-We know that opioid use disorder is a longterm, chronic condition that requires a lifetime of treatment and recovery,” said Dr. Susan Kansagara, Chronic Disease and Injury Section Chief, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
-To ensure their health insurance products cover not just inpatient treatment, but also medicated assisted treatment, access to naxolone, the life-saving overdose reversal agent,” said Jessica Altman, Pennsylvania Insurance Department Commissioner.