Keli McLoyd’s presentation about all the types of medication-assisted treatment was really informative. I was only familiar with methadone, so I learned a lot from the fact sheet she provided about methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. It seems to me that there is a stigma around methadone centers, but I think that might be because the other treatments seem to be more expensive and privately-accessible.
Keli also discussed a topic I’d be interested in fitting into my final story if possible. I think the information she provided about addiction not being taught in medical school is worth looking into. Keli mentioned a grant being offered to nurse practitioners and doctors to change how they get the waivers/training needed to administer medication-assisted treatment.
I don’t have insurance so I was so grateful that Keli handed out some doses of Narcan. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I think journalists who cover the opioid crisis should carry it. I’m glad I have my own supply now.