Georgea Kovanis Detroit Free Press Published 12:50 p.m. UTC Aug 10, 2018 Previous rehabs hadn’t worked, so this spring, intent once again, on getting off heroin, the 21-year-old Wyandotte woman, who was introduced to drugs by her ex-boyfriend, decided to try something different. She decided to seek help from a medication-assisted treatment program — the kind where a doctor replaces heroin or opioid painkillers with buprenorphine, a medication that is designed to help addicts get clean by curbing their cravings and easing withdrawal. Except when the woman called for an appointment, she couldn't get one. The doctor's office had a waiting list and, she said, told her it could be weeks, even months before she might get a turn — a wait that could prove deadly for a relapse-prone addict hooked on an especially dangerous drug. In the midst of the nation's opioid epidemic, delays in getting … [Read more...] about This drug can help kick addiction, but it’s hard to find
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STOW, Mass. — As soon as Julie Eldred was granted probation for stealing jewelry to buy drugs, she got busy fulfilling the judge’s conditions. She began an intensive all-day outpatient treatment program. She even went an extra step and started daily doses of Suboxone, a medication that can quell opiate cravings. Then she relapsed and snorted her drug of choice — fentanyl. To stop from plunging into free fall, she asked her doctor for a stronger dose of Suboxone. She stayed clean the next day. And the next. But the following morning, 11 days after her probation began, she had her first drug screen and tested positive. Traces of fentanyl had lingered in her system. Within hours, she was shackled, strip-searched and incarcerated. Should an addict’s relapse be punished with a criminal sanction? Eldred has put that question before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in a case that may have widespread ripples, as hundreds of thousands of addicted people tumble … [Read more...] about She went to jail for a drug relapse. Tough love or too harsh?
Melissa Nann Burke Detroit News Washington Bureau Published 9:38 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 Washington — A U.S. House committee probing the national opioid epidemic is seeking documents and answers from call centers — including one in Macomb County — about their business practices The inquiry includes questions about how much the call centers are paid to solicit and refer patients to specific treatment centers. Letters went out from the committee this week to executives at eight call centers including Elite Rehab Placement CEO Thomas Kearns in Macomb, in addition to businesses in Florida, California, Texas, Tennessee and Georgia. Bipartisan leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee say they're worried about reports from health officials and news outlets about so-called "patient brokering." These "body brokers" rely in part on call centers and aggregators to generate leads on potential patients for treatment centers, which … [Read more...] about U.S. House panel probes exploitative tactics in rehab industry
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Politics by Jenna Johnson by Jenna Johnson Email the author May 10 at 7:05 AM Email the author From left, Noel Williamson, Rogelio Cortez, Sharryse Piggott, Keith Ackerson, Sonny Bass. (Sandy Huffaker, Mary Lee Grant, Rory Laverty, Keith O'Brien, Kathleen McLaughlin/All for The Washington Post) The top leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs is in turmoil, after President Trump ousted his first secretary and nominated his personal doctor, who dropped out of consideration amid controversy. Trump has yet to nominate anyone else. It’s not an easy job to fill, as the VA is second in size to only the Defense Department … [Read more...] about Who should lead the VA? Five veterans explain what they’re looking for in a leader.
When his adopted son, then 10 years old, started to hear voices and act violently, Matthew Timion knew the boy needed psychiatric help. He did not realize how difficult it would be to pay for it.Timion, a computer programmer who at the time lived in Oak Park and now lives in Moline, said he was in a continual fight with his private insurance and the state to fund his son’s stays at numerous psychiatric hospitals.After a hospital stay when the boy was 13, Timion placed him in a $300-per-day residential facility where he expected treatment to last for nine months to a year, per the advice of multiple doctors. But Timion’s insurance, which required weekly updates, after a month decided the boy was no longer a threat and that it would not cover any more days, Timion said."I remember thinking, This is insane that we have zero resources for people who could turn into violent shooters,” said Timion, who asked that his son not be named. The boy, who was 3 when he was adopted, … [Read more...] about Holes in federal law to protect insurance coverage put mentally ill at risk, advocates say