Medications for Addiction Treatment

Addressing issues associated with opioid use disorder (OUD) is complex and emotionally charged – whether at a personal, family, community or public health systems level. We all are personally touched by this epidemic. Oftentimes, “sides” are drawn in the debate regarding opioid use disorder – largely related to Abstinence vs Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT). Although this debate is important to have, we think we are wasting too much valuable time, energy and people’s lives on this debate. ...

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IHS, Tribal and Urban Indian Primary Care Clinics are Curing Hepatitis C

Nurse practitioners, PAs, Pharmacists, and PCPs can treat most hepatitis c infected patients in an office based setting and be confident that the vast majority of the these patients will be cured. We have the rare opportunity to eliminate a potentially life threatening disease and hepatitis C treatment (HCV) administered by nonspecialist providers is as safe and effective as that provided by specialists. We can substantially expand the availability of community-based providers to escalate HCV therapy, bridging existing gaps in the ...

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Curing Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a chronic infection that can cause liver damage and liver cancer. About 20,000 persons die from HCV each year. Hepatitis C is a preventable and curable disease. So why are so many people dying?

Most HCV falls on baby boomers – those born from 1945 to 1965 – many of whom have unknowingly been living with the infection for many years. Persons infected with HCV usually have no symptoms and do not know they are infected. ...

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