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MARCH 09, 2019 – Many treatment programs were founded on a philosophy of total abstinence, insisting that sobriety means being free of all drugs. That attitude has filtered down to patients, who sometimes decline medications. Massachusetts regulations prohibit facilities from rejecting patients because they’re on medication, but reportedly some programs then urge these patients to get off their meds.

But the evidence is clear that methadone, buprenorphine, and Vivitrol work. The urgency surrounding opioid overdoses is breaking down the stigma against medications and they are becoming more available, said Vic DiGravio, head of the trade group for Massachusetts treatment providers.

Full Story @ BostonGlobe.com


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