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Philadelphia Removes Barriers to Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) recently sent a letter to halfway homes in the city reminding providers they cannot turn away patients who are using medication-assisted treatment, in an effort to reduce stigmatization from treatment centers. This comes after Harvard Medical School found in a recent study that 50 percent of patients treated with buprenorphine and naloxone stayed away from opioids 18 months after starting therapy, increasing to 61 percent after three years. Read more here.

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