Massachusetts health centers get $6.8 million for opioid programs

Twenty community health centers in Massachusetts will share $6.8 million in grants to expand substance abuse services, particularly treatment of opioid addiction, the US Health and Human Services Department announced Friday. The money from the Health Resources and Services Administration is part of $94 million for 271 health centers across the country. Federal officials said the money would allow the hiring of 800 people to treat nearly 124,000 patients nationally. Read the rest of the Boston Globe article by Felice Freyer, here.

I’m in favor of opioid treatment, but I fear that we are perpetuating a vicious cycle: more prescription opioid use, more heroin use, more addiction, more preventable deaths. Do we have evidence that these opioid treatment programs actually interrupt this vicious cycle? We need to cut down the supply of prescription opioids and heroin that are flooding our communities. An upstream, public health approach is needed.


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