The misuse of drugs, including opioids, is currently one of the most serious public health problems in the United States. While health officials grapple with ways to address the drug epidemic (e.g. expansion of access to naloxone, tougher laws regulating opioid prescriptions), the treatment gap remains large.
That said, over the past several years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has worked to expand the availability of treatment, and has also established medication assisted treatment (MAT) as the standard of care for treatment of opioid use disorder.* As the country continues to fight the opioid crisis, entities providing prevention, treatment, and recovery services will want to ensure they understand heightened privacy obligations and implement processes to address the complex requirements imposed by the regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder (SUD) information.
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