About that Huffington Post article covering Obama’s addiction speech a few weeks ago.
|A Huffington Post investigation published in January found that the treatment industry overwhelmingly resists a medication-assisted model based on decades-old beliefs about sobriety that have been passed down by those in recovery, but have never been rigorously tested.||Suboxone is the number 39 drug in the US and has sales of more than $1.4 billion.*||Federal surveys find that opioid replacement treatment (one form of medication assisted treatment) admissions accounted for 27.8%** of all admissions. [Not 27.8% of opioid addiction admissions. 27.8% of ALL addiction treatment admissions.]|
More on the Huffington Post’s drug policy reporting here.
* note that this is only for the brand Suboxone and does not include Subutex and generics.
** This post originally reported that maintenance admissions accounted for 26%. It was 26% in 2009. More recent numbers are now available and the updated reports says that maintenance admission accounted for 27.8% of all admission in 2011.