A Cautionary Word For Providers Of Drug Addiction Treatment

Law360 (June 5, 2019, 3:21 PM EDT) -- Individuals suffering opioid addiction face tremendous obstacles in finding effective treatment. Simply put, the national opioid crisis has outpaced the current ability of the fragmented addiction treatment industry — consisting mostly of small clinics and solo providers — to meet current need. It is estimated that some 20 million Americans meet the criteria for substance use disorders. Of that total, approximately 2 million have opioid use disorders.

However, opioid addiction treatment has never been the focus of traditional health care systems. It simply has not generated revenue comparable to the treatment of other chronic conditions such as heart disease, joint replacement...

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