Opioid treatment programs are currently working on simultaneous health crises.
Patients rely on the facilities to receive drug treatment. However, providers are trying to reduce the number of personal visits and the risk of patients being exposed to COVID-19.
"The reality is that the opioid crisis has gone nowhere," said Allegra Schorr, president of the Coalition of Drug Providers and New York State Lawyers. "These two crises that collide are the great fear."
To alleviate some of the stress, opioid treatment programs have turned to telemedicine and taking medication to take away.
Dr. . Jonathan Samuels, head of the addiction medicine program at SBH Health System, said SBH has more than 600 patients prescribed methadone, Suboxone, or a Vivitrol injection. The program increased the number of extended doses for patients, but the effort was a balancing act in which Covid-19 individually assessed the risk of overdose with the risk of contraction and serious complications.
SBH fluctuates -people visits to reduce patients in the waiting room and offer phone calls.
Dr. Harshal Kirane, medical director and assistant professor of psychiatry at the Sugar School of Medicine in Hofstra / Northwell, is steering the Covid 19 outbreak as he prepares to open Wellbridge Addiction Treatment and Research in Calverton, Long Island, in May .
We have had an incredibly complex drug and alcohol crisis in the past two decades that has had an enormous impact on the psychological needs of Americans, "said Kirane." The Covid 19 outbreak will only exacerbate part of the crisis underlying fractures as part of dealing with mental health problems. "
Dr. Joel Idowu, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences at Richmond University Medical Center, reiterated the importance of telemedicine. The relaxed regulations were particularly helpful during first visits to treatment.
Die Healthcare as a whole faces labor shortages, although telehealth has helped alleviate some of the pressures that providers of opioid treatment programs have, work with their own health and childcare issues.
Schorr noted that some hospital programs were asked to move doctors, nurses, and staff to other parts of the facility during the pandemic, adding that the association is working with the city and state to find ways to address some gaps in addiction treatment close.
Take-away drugs are essential for stable patients. The association has recently detailed the importance of reimbursement reforms for cans at home when submitting recommendations to the state on Medicaid redesign.
However, it is those patients who are in the early stages of treatment and have other health problems who are running opioid treatment programs who are most concerned, Schorr said, especially when anxiety increases and coping mechanisms can be sought.
This article was originally published in Crains New York Business.