State Senator To Push Legislation To Reform Heroin Treatment

Minnesota State Sen. Chris Eaton is planning to introduce legislation to encourage opiate treatment providers and doctors to break with an abstinence-based model and embrace evidence-based practices for treating addiction, the Minnesota Democrat told The Huffington Post.

Eaton, a member of Senate leadership, said a recent article in The Huffington Post on treatment for heroin addiction convinced her that one of the first things needed is to remove “the restrictions and intimidation of doctors who are prescribing Suboxone,” a maintenance medication. Those restrictions include federal regulations that cap the number of opiate patients a doctor can treat, which creates long waiting lists.

Eaton said she is also looking at ways to encourage the use of Suboxone by withholding public funds from treatment centers that refuse to follow evidence-based practices in favor of the ideologically driven abstinence model.

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