This month saw historic advancements in providing treatment to people suffering from pain drug dependence and heroin addiction. First, on July 6th, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule to increase access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine. Then, on July 13th, the Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and
On January 20th, 2016, the BRIGHTSIDE team had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Illinois Rep. Bob Dold about the heroin crisis facing the Chicagoland area. During the meeting, we discussed several key issues around the heroin epidemic and we suggested some potential solutions to get people better and more affordable longer-term treatment.
Meagan can still remember the first pain pill she ever took. On the day of her high school graduation, she took a Vicodin. She loved the high so much she soon tried OxyContin and other pain pills. Growing up in Missouri with divorced parents who let her live a “free range” childhood, Meagan started experimenting