Complex Barriers to High-Quality Addiction Treatment: Reception & Symposium

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Rodef Shalom Congregation

4905 Fifth Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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This community symposium is a commemoration of IRETA's 20th anniversary as a Pittsburgh-based resource on best practices in addiction treatment.

This symposium will discuss barriers to high-quality treatment, in addition to exciting work on a local and national level to improve treatment quality.

Addiction treatment is characterized by a lack of transparency and a lack of accountability. Nationally, there is no reliable rating system for addiction treatment facilities, leaving help-seekers and their loved ones in the dark. Furthermore, only 1/3 of specialty addiction treatment providers offer patients with opioid addiction even one of the three FDA-approved medications for the disorder, although these medications have been established as the standard of care.

These issues affect us locally. In Allegheny County, under- and uninsured people with opioid use disorders are offered FDA-approved medications less than half of the time. We also see quality concerns reflected in low rates of treatment engagement: a 2018 external review showed that 4 in 5 Pennsylvanians diagnosed with a substance use problem discontinued addiction treatment within one month of initiating it.

We owe it to people who are struggling and their loved ones to do better. Seeking help when you have an addiction is difficult. We should ensure that the help people receive is the highest-quality we can provide. We have an ethical obligation to look closely at treatment quality and take steps to improve it.


Panelists

Margaret Jarvis, MD, DFASAM - American Society of Addiction Medicine
David Loveland, PhD - Community Care Behavioral Health
Brooke Feldman, MSW - CleanSlate Outpatient Addiction Medicine
Stuart Fisk, CRNP, MSN - Allegheny Health Network


Schedule of Events

5:30 - Reception & Heavy Hors D'oeuvres

6:15 - Panel Discussion

7:30 - Audience Q&A


Learn more about IRETA at ireta.org

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Rodef Shalom Congregation

4905 Fifth Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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