Keli McLoyd, the Policy Analyst for the Public Health Management Corporation, came to discuss medicated assisted treatment with us on Thursday. Previously, I had little knowledge of the differences between the types of medicated assisted treatment.
McLoyd first explained Methadone, and the disadvantages this type of MAT might bring. The main issue is accessibility, as it is rare that a patient would be allowed to bring home their prescription, so they depend heavily on physically going to the clinic. This can increase problems with employment, and disrupt someone’s personal life.
Next, we discussed Suboxone. Suboxone is more easily accessible because it can be self-administered. The last form of MAT Mcloyd explained was Naltrexone, which is a long-lasting medication. This seems to be the most flexible because you only need one shot and then it lasts an entire month. It’s also advantageous because it stops the patient from feeling the high if they did decide to use drugs.