Doctors Raise Concerns About Addiction Treatment Rules

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Doctors in Ohio are raising concerns about rules requiring counseling for people who receive drug addiction treatment.

The Dayton Daily News reports state medical board currently requires patients to have counseling if they receive Suboxone, a drug used to treat addiction. The board has proposed rules specifying which types of counseling or therapy qualify.

Some doctors and other critics say rules requiring specific counseling could limit the number of doctors treating people with addiction, and encourage some patients to avoid treatment.

Mike Ward, managing partner at the treatment program Cornerstone Project, wants the medical board to enact more rules. He says some doctors operate cash-only clinics without referring patients to further treatment, which sometimes leads to patients selling their prescriptions on the streets.