West Virginia does not have an outstanding background when it involves treating opioid usage condition. In 2018, it led the nation in opioid-related problems (https://atforum.com/2018/09/west-virginia-leads-nation-opioid-problems/). More than 10 years earlier, the state set up a halt against brand-new OTPs on the misconception that methadone overdoses in the state were related to OTPs; they were not, they were associated with doctors inexperienced in the pharmacotherapy of the drug, and patients strange with how to utilize it, suggesting it as opposed to OxyContin. That moratorium continued also after the misconception was exposed. There was the state’s rejection to permit its Medicaid program to pay for methadone treatment until it ultimately gave in 2017 (https://atforum.com/2017/12/still-under-moratorium-otps-west-virginia-finally-medicaid-payments/).
A lot of this background occurred under the tenure of Rahul Gupta, M.D., who, as wellness commissioner, was low up enough to combat the powers of anti-methadone state lawmakers, who had the state government up against a wall surface.
Now, Dr. Gupta is in line to be the next director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Three essential points below: 1) Times have changed. 2) Let bygones be bygones. 3) ONDCP is currently staffed by individuals that understand the field well: Regina LaBelle, Ph.D., replacement supervisor, as well as Rob Kent, basic advice (previously general advice for New York’s Office of Addiction Services and also Supports, or OASAS), to call simply 2.
Mark Parrino, president of AATOD, gave AT Forum this declaration in action to the nomination of Gupta: “We will certainly eagerly anticipate working with Dr. Gupta and also absolutely really hope that the White House will support having ONDCP as the organizer of government plan in our area. There is no need to rework how essential ONDCP’s leadership can be in arranging a combined and tactical reaction to the difficulties that we constantly encounter.”
Other challengers for the setting were Dr. LaBelle herself, and H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., Dean’s Executive Professor at Santa Clara University as well as previously supervisor of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse as well as Mental Health Services Administration.
The Washington Post broke the story of the ONDCP supervisor July 13. And also as all press reporters that cover Washington DC are well aware, President Biden has an extremely slim margin of ballots in the Senate on his side: a margin of 1. That one is Sen. Joe Manchin, Democrat from West Virginia.
In the meanwhile, the most current information from ONDCP– predating the nomination of Dr. Gupta– is the allowance of OTP-connected methadone vans (https://atforum.com/2021/07/dea-methadone-vans-otps/).
The news was broken by The Washington Post July 13.
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