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The Yin and Yang of 2016: A Crisis Year Holds Promise

Despite being a peak year in the nationwide opioid epidemic, 2016 was also a year of forward-moving changes in both policy and perception of opioid use. In his latest blog, Dr. Steven Bentsen—Beacon’s Associate Chief Medical Officer who oversees substance use services—weighs in on 2016 as a turning point for substance use treatment, and how…

How Beacon is Combating the Opioid Addiction Crisis

2 million Americans are addicted to prescription opioids Opioid overdose is now the #1 cause of accidental death in America Opioid-related deaths have increased 200% since 2000 Nearly 80% of people with opioid addiction do not receive treatment Wait lists for treatment can be a year long Beacon’s Clinical Philosophy Opioid addiction is a chronic…

Confronting the Crisis of Opioid Addiction

Beacon takes the view that opioid addiction is a chronic brain disease that is best treated by a chronic disease model of care. Read Beacon’s blog post on the subject and download our white paper, “Confronting the Crisis of Opioid Addiction”.

Legislation

February 2016 was a good month for making progress against opioid addiction. Not only did the White House ask for an additional $1.1 billion to fight opioid abuse, but the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.