In line with the battle against the drug epidemic, Gov. Eric Holcomb declared the Bowen Center in Fort Wayne as one of the five recent opioid cure programs on Wednesday.
Starting from Suboxone and Vivitrol, the new methadone will be covered for the first time on August 1. Methadone is a therapy for addiction to the narcotic drug, and this will be used for many Hoosiers on the Healthy Indiana Plan and Medicaid.
Bending the arc of opioid addiction
Holcomb on hearing the story of a recovering addict urged all to be encouraged, as he is bent on cutting down substance abuse and overdoses of opioid. He added that U.S had recorded a high 500 percent increase in the number of deaths resulting from drug overdose since 2000, pointing out that Indiana takes up the 15th position, and about 80% of addict heroin users begin with the use of narcotic painkillers.
While some already existing centers are adding the new programs to the usual ones, some newly approved centers in Johnson, Monroe, Vigo and Tippecanoe counties will start up with the new program.
The chair of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Dr. Jennifer Walthall pointed out that incorporating five new opioid cure programs into the already existing 14 programs that Hoosiers utilize will expand the possibility of treatment more than the recorded treatment of over 10,000 Hoosiers in 2016.
Methadone appears controversial
While the use of methadone for treatment of opioid addiction is an excellent idea, critics propose that it entails doing away with one addiction for another. Some time ago, the Indiana lawmakers stopped more methadone health care units.
In 2015, legislators approved the inclusion of five modern methadone health units by 2018, as well authorized the state to use Medicaid for such medication. Walthall wondered why the former administration didn’t come so hard on Medicaid methadone coverage. She added that methadone is an excellent and efficient therapy for disorders that arise from substance abuse. When methadone is administered properly alongside other services, it allows individuals to convalescence longer and cuts down the risk of infection that comes from needle-treated ailments, as well reduces criminal acts.
About 300 persons have received treatment from the Bowen Center where medication-assisted therapy is administered. Some of its customers are on Medicaid, but they can now use methadone as part of their treatment. The five counties selected were picked based on the data on opioid overdose deaths, drug seizure data, and the driving period for Hoosiers seeking therapy.