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Tennessee OBOT Fail

07/06/2017

Has anyone even read all of this new 63 page rule for treatment of opiate addiction with buprenorphine or methadone? I believe gratuitously adding to the already daunting barriers inherent in the federal regulation of these effective approaches will exacerbate the problem.

I predict this rule will result in

  • increase in the black market for methadone and buprenorphine
  • more patients crossing state lines to obtain the drugs
  • potential treatment providers declining to prescribe the drugs
  • increase in providers facing discipline or criminal charges
  • increase in deaths from overdose
  • decrease in respect for government
  • increase in cost of treatment
  • inability of many addicts to find treatment

Tennessee, say the Serenity Prayer.

Prohibition kills. Make buprenorphine available over-the-counter everywhere.