State Representative Dylan Fernandes toured local addiction treatment center Recovering Champions and spoke with staff about the opioid bill (H.3511) he filed this session.
Fernandes’s district is home to some of the highest opioid and heroin overdose rates in the state and many families have experienced first-hand the devastating effects of this epidemic. The bill Fernandes filed creates a commission to review long-term treatment options for heroin and opioid addiction and make recommendations that prove, through data, to lead to long-term recovery.
Although there is significant data on short-term detox treatments, there is a dearth of substantive research on the efficacy of the myriad long-term treatment options available in our state.
“I want to be very clear - people suffering from substance misuse disorder are not junkies - they are our friends, our family, our neighbors, and colleagues, and they need our help.” Said Fernandes, “This bill aims at connecting those struggling with addiction with the most effective long-term treatment options available.”
There is significant evidence that the longer someone stays in treatment the better their chance for recovery. Representative Fernandes’s bill seeks clarity on determining which long-term treatments produce the best outcomes for those struggling with addiction. The bill has 19 cosponsors.
“Addicts need treatment that’s comprehensive and of adequate length to address the oft-associated disorders of PTSD, depression and anxiety that drive addiction,” said Tim Lineaweaver, Senior Clinician at Recovering Champions. “Treatment length is correlated with success and a simple detox and discharge is not enough.”