Senators in Washington Call for Oploid Addiction Medication

Senators in Washington Call for Oploid Addiction Medication

Bernie Sanders, the Democratic presidential candidate, and 21 other senators are calling for Opioid addiction medication. The lawmakers believe that it is time for the Department of Health and Human Services to make adjustments in order to further address the issues linked to insufficient opioid addiction medication.

Buprenorphine is a medication prescribed to sufferers of opioid addiction. It is known to be effective in reducing cravings and preventing the painful symptoms of withdrawal. The federal regulations state that a doctor can only attend to 30 patients upon acquiring a certification to prescribe buprenorphine and 100 more in succeeding years. Sometime in March, The Health and Human Services department made an announcement that the rule has been amended. Certified doctors can now attend to 200 patients on their third year of having the permission to prescribe buprenorphine.

HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell has mentioned that it's already a substantial step. Although the senators are glad that the Obama administration responded to their call to resolve the limited medical services offered to sufferers of opioid addiction, they think that the government can do more. Even the doctors believe that this issue can be concluded with a better strategy. The lawmakers pointed out that access to medication is already tough for those in the rural areas. They are seeking authorization for every doctor to treat 500 patients with buprenorphine.

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