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Lifesaving Addiction Treatment Out of Reach for Many Americans

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Lifesaving Addiction Treatment Out of Reach for Many Americans

Critical therapies inaccessible to some

In this PEW article you'll learn about:
  • Opioid treatment programs are critical to reducing overdose deaths and providing life-saving addiction treatment. Some individuals cannot access these critical therapies due to where they live or what health insurance they have.

  • Understanding disparities in care can help state policymakers improve their states' OTP treatment systems. OTPs do not universally accept Medicaid, despite state Medicaid programs covering methadone treatment for OUD.

  • This shows that even if people with OUD can access OTPs in their state, their Medicaid insurance may not be accepted by the program they are using.

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