A Stronger Treatment System for Opioid Use Disorders

This Viewpoint proposes health care delivery and infrastructure reforms that would strengthen the US treatment system for opioid use disorders.

In February, President Obama proposed $1 billion in additional spending in next year’s budget to “expand access to effective treatment for substance use disorders.”1 The total includes $920 million for states to support effective treatment, $50 million for the National Health Service Corps for investment in the treatment practitioner workforce, and $30 million for research and evaluation. The proposal is one of many efforts by the Administration to address the opioid overdose epidemic that claimed the lives of 29 000 individuals in the United States in 2014.2

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