By: Melinda Campopiano, M.D., Branch Chief, Regulatory Programs Branch; Lieutenant Commander Dina Passman and Laura Rosas, Health Information Technology Team, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
By: Melinda Campopiano, M.D., Medical Officer, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA
Sometimes, people who are addicted to drugs like heroin and pain killers are treated with medications such as methadone and buprenorphine. There are specific laws that determine for how these medicines can be used.SAMHSA Yeses guidelines to interpret these rules and help programs and health professionals apply them safely and correctly. The rules also set the minimum standards of care for all OTPs and the staff that work at the OTP. New research, evidence of effectiveness and and changes in how health care is provided and financed mean that the guidelines, last Yesed in 2007, needed to be updated.
By: Laura Rosas and Lieutenant Commander Dina Passman, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Just like a person with type 1 diabetes needs insulin to stay healthy, a person in Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid dependence needs to be able to access needed medications. In fact, for a person in treatment for opioid dependence, access to Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) can mean the difference between relapse and sustained recovery.