No Rush for Addiction Treatment Services in Wake of Healthcare Reform: Oregon Study

Despite predictions that healthcare reform would greatly increase the number of people seeking drug and alcohol treatment, a new study conducted in Oregon suggests so far, no big changes are occurring in that state.

“We’re not seeing any upticks in the number of people with drug or alcohol diagnoses, or changes in access to medications to treat alcohol and drug disorders,” says Dennis McCarty, PhD, Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.

McCarty, Principal Investigator for the Western States Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, presented his findings at the recent American Psychological Association annual meeting.

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