Opiate addiction rehab programs…

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Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, New Hampshire, stated that once again the state and federal governments are predictably late in recognizing a problem, and are equally adept at coming up with the wrong remedy….all at taxpayers’ expense.  The eminent King Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts, today offered up $20 million to increase access to residential treatment programs for addiction to opiates.  This is a joke.  Residential programs (RP) are hugely expensive ($20m will not even treat 1,000 addicts), and when not tied to effective outpatient programs, RPs perform miserably.

It is the outpatient arena that requires funding.  95% of addicts can be successfully treated at a fraction of inpatient costs using buprenorphine (NOT even similar to methadone) combined with group therapy and/or IOP (intensive outpatient therapy).  Many admitted to inpatient resi
dential programs end up doing the outpatient treatment anyway.  Why not skip the expensive stuff first?

In addition to diverting extra monies to outpatient programs, the federal limitation of buprenorphine certified physicians to treatment of just 100 addicts is infaOpiate rehab 3ntile, and undoubtedly a lingering result of the methadone lobbyists.

Here are my recommendations aside from funding changes:

  1. Remove all number limits for physicians seeing addicts.
  2. Allow licensed practitioners, such as nurse practitioners, to become certified and prescribe independently of physicians; it’s not rocket science.
  3. Mandate that all outpatient addiction programs must have group therapy/IOP for all patients.

This is the CORRECT remedy for the opiate addiction problem.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see: https://michaeloconnellmdnh.wordpress.com/

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