Moving Addiction Care to the Mainstream — Improving the Quality of Buprenorphine Treatment

Moving Addiction Care to the Mainstream — Improving the Quality of Buprenorphine Treatment

More than 40,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2016 — more than the number killed in motor vehicle accidents. The stunning increase in overdose deaths since the 1990s has revealed a pervasive lack of capability to meet the need for treatment in the 2.1 million Americans who have an opioid use disorder.1 Since less than one fifth of people with opioid use disorder receive addiction treatment,1 recent national initiatives have understandably focused on increasing access to care, and especially access to medications, for addiction treatment. Even when patients do obtain treatment, however, they often experience care as fragmented and...

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