Don’t Forget Funding for Methadone

The 21st Century Cures Act, approved by the US Senate, designated $1 billion in grants for states to fight the opioid epidemic. It will provide significant funding for Buprenorphine and Vivitrol. Both of these medications are effective and can be prescribed from a doctor’s office. But what about Methadone? Methadone treatment should also be expanded. The World Health Organization places Methadone on its list of "essential medications." Listen in to this opiate recovery podcast as they discuss their reaction to this news.

Discussion Guide:

Why do you think the majority of the funding will go to Buprenorphine and Vivitrol?

Have you experienced a stigma against Methadone in favor of Buprenorphine or Vivitrol?

There are costs and benefits for each of these medications. What are they?

Do you have an opinion about where federal funding is best allocated for opioid prevention and treatment?

Supplemental Reading:

Jessica Gregg, Don’t Forget Methadone, https://www.thefix.com/do-not-forget-methadone