Declaring Opioids a Health Emergency Could Make Treatment More Widely Available

October 26, 2017

(FiveThirtyEight) – As the country reels from record-high rates of opioid abuse and overdoses, medication-assisted treatment — which combines medication and behavioral therapy — has shown particular promise in combating the epidemic. But it also faces major challenges to widespread use, including the costs and limits on doctors who can provide it. President Trump on Thursday declared a nationwide public health emergency to battle the opioid crisis.

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