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Innovative Initiative in Illinois: Bolstering the Substance Use Disorder Workforce

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In response to an escalating overdose crisis, Illinois has launched a pioneering program aimed at addressing the critical shortage of substance use disorder professionals. This initiative represents a proactive effort to strengthen the state’s capacity in combating substance use disorders effectively. Addressing the Workforce Gap in Behavioral Health With a large segment of Illinois’ behavioral health workforce nearing retirement and a noticeable decline in new professionals entering the field, the state faces a pressing need to bolster its ranks. This… Read More »Innovative Initiative in Illinois: Bolstering the Substance Use Disorder Workforce

Recovery After COVID19. A Letter to Patients.

We would like to remind you that your MMR Team is still here for your recovery needs. The imposed restrictions make recovery more of a challenge than it already is, and we have pivoted our stance to increase the number of Virtual visits to maintain consistency for your care. We are, however, required by the DEA to test for compliance, thus we will be seeing patients in the office again beginning June 1st. Please note we will make the following… Read More »Recovery After COVID19. A Letter to Patients.

Authorities nationwide are reporting an uptick in fatal opioid overdoses during social distancing

Around the country Americans are dealing with the stresses of our new realities in different ways. For those recovering from opiate addiction the daily struggle of maintaining “stability” is already hard enough without a global pandemic to turn up the heat. Some quotes from the Daily Beast: “Around her, people idled in their cars or stood in a smoking area until the doctor called them inside via text message. The process to get treatment took nearly four hours. “I was… Read More »Authorities nationwide are reporting an uptick in fatal opioid overdoses during social distancing

Coronavirus Crisis Spurs Access To Online Treatment For Opioid Addiction

People from around the world have been impacted by the coronavirus but out of this crisis a new option for American opiate addicts has become available. A breakthrough in modern medicine that will make it easier to find support. Under the national emergency declared by the Trump administration in March, the government has suspended a federal law that required patients to have an in-person visit with a physician before they could be prescribed drugs that help quell withdrawal symptoms, such… Read More »Coronavirus Crisis Spurs Access To Online Treatment For Opioid Addiction

The Federal Government Eases Restrictions on Access

For the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have to visit clinics for daily doses of opioid addiction medication, social distancing is nearly impossible. But on Tuesday, the federal government eased some of its long-held restrictions in response to the coronavirus. That’s good news, because continual access to two primary treatment medications, buprenorphine and methadone, is key: If patients miss a dose, they could go into withdrawal and turn to street drugs, risking overdose. Those struggling with addiction are particularly… Read More »The Federal Government Eases Restrictions on Access

Covid-19 Illinois Updates (3-22-2020)

The Illinois Department of Public Health, local health departments, and public health partners throughout Illinois, and federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus called COVID-19 that was first identified in December 2019 during an outbreak in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 has spread throughout the world, including the United States, since it was detected and was declared a public health emergency for the U.S. on… Read More »Covid-19 Illinois Updates (3-22-2020)

Virtual Appointments – Covid-19 Update.

*Only induction appointments will be met in-person. All other appointments will be virtual appointments due to Coronavirus safety precautions. Please review tele-medicine outline below. Tele-Medicine & Covid-19 (Virtual Check-ins) Introduction The novel coronavirus disease (“COVID-19”) continues to spread, with more than 1,200 cases confirmed in the United States to date. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and World Health Organization (“WHO”) have recommended that healthcare facilities and professionals incorporate telemedicine services into COVID-19 response systems in… Read More »Virtual Appointments – Covid-19 Update.

Bucks, Montgomery counties awarded funding for Suboxone in jail–in-jail The counties are among nine that will share in more than $1 million in federal funding to implement medication-assisted treatment for inmates with opioid-use disorders. UPDATE: Bucks County officials say there is a plan to assess incoming inmates without prescriptions for participation in medication assisted treatment while incarcerated, but there is no timeline for implementation. Currently MAT protocols are only regularly used for incoming pregnant inmates with substance abuse disorders Bucks County soon will allow some incoming inmates access to… Read More »Bucks, Montgomery counties awarded funding for Suboxone in jail

Tara Healthcare Increases Access to Suboxone Doctors via Telemedicine During COVID-19

NEW YORK, March 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Tara Healthcare, which operates, is rapidly adding providers to meet the demand for telemedicine visits for Suboxone and Subutex prescription renewals amid COVID-19.  “It’s important that people know we are here. For many people in our country, getting their prescriptions renewed and filled is done in person and is required for their continued recovery  With the danger that can pose, is here to provide telemedicine visits to those in Arizona, Ohio, and New York, as well as medication home delivery,” said Co-Founder and… Read More »Tara Healthcare Increases Access to Suboxone Doctors via Telemedicine During COVID-19

Medical Cannabis Qualifying Conditions

Qualifying Conditions Medical Cannabis Doctors in Illinois recognize the following as qualifying conditions for a medical cannabis card- Agitation of Alzheimer’s diseaseHIV/AIDSAmyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)Arnold-Chiari malformationCancerCausalgiaChronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathyCrohn’s diseaseCRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)DystoniaFibrous DysplasiaGlaucomaHepatitis CHydrocephalusHydromyeliaInterstitial cystitisLupusMultiple SclerosisMuscular DystrophyMyasthenia GravisMyoclonusNail-patella syndromeNeurofibromatosisParkinson’s diseasePost-Concussion SyndromePost-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Reflex sympathetic dystrophyResidual limb painRheumatoid arthritisSeizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy)Severe fibromyalgiaSjogren’s syndromeSpinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)Spinal cord injury is damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord… Read More »Medical Cannabis Qualifying Conditions

A New Normal

For the last 19 years I have worked in busy Emergency Rooms where all I wanted to see was acute care and action “ like on TV”. Richly rewarded emotionally by the sudden onset nature of the business and knowing that I (occasionally) made a difference in someone’s life… I find myself in an interesting and thought provoking chapter in my career.   I, like many others in my field, am guilty of saying :  “How many Norco’s will it take… Read More »A New Normal