Opportunities for Using Addiction Medications: NYS Recipe for Success

  • Robert A. Kent, Esq., New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Albany, NY
  • Charles W. Morgan, MD, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Rochester, NY
  • Belinda M. Greenfield, PhD, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), New York, NY

Although New York State (NYS) has a robust Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) system that has a solid historical foundation and serves the largest number of patients nationally (over 38,124 patients daily), the state continues to struggle with addiction medication adoption and access. NYS leadership have developed strategies to improve addiction medication access and concomitantly increase the substance use disorder (SUD) field capacity to integrate pharmacological agents alongside counseling services. This workshop will delineate these strategies, presenting both challenges and solutions to improve SUD treatment quality. The workshop’s goal is to help states with their own medication assisted treatment adoption, access and capacity gaps by considering NYS’ action plan.

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