Opioid addiction is a growing problem in the United States where this epidemic is reaching far beyond the medical sphere and into the political one. In fact, an increasing number of legal measures are being suggested and even written into law to address these growing concerns. For example, the comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 was signed by the President in July and aims to improve the way that doctors prescribe Narcan and to improve drug monitoring programs in states.
The Importance of Addiction Treatment Plans
Patients complain that while it is easy to receive opioid pain medications from their doctors without having prior authorization, it is incredibly difficult to jump through all the hoops to receive prior authorization for addiction treatment plans in Hesperia, Apple Valley, or surrounding cities. In addition, while most patients can easily have their opioid prescriptions refilled, many find that their addiction treatment medications are difficult to refill per their doctors’ orders because insurance companies only allow certain dosages. Still other companies require authorization renewals every few months, creating hurdles that some patients cannot overcome.
Recent research shows that pediatricians are an integral part of the addiction treatment process. They can catch many of the tell-tale symptoms in their teenage patients and recommend a workable treatment plan, which can decrease the likelihood of addiction problems later in life. Research also shows that teenagers are more likely to overdose on heroin while middle-aged adults are more likely to overdose on other opioids.