White House launches website for addiction treatment resources
The Trump administration just launched a new website aimed at helping those with substance use disorders learn about treatment options. The website — FindTreatment.gov — contains information for some 13,000 licensed treatment providers that was previously difficult to find. The site streamlines the process and allows for more precise searches, including treatment type (inpatient or telemedicine, for instance), payment options, and whether the treatment will be medication-assisted. There are also educational resources for patients and their families on paying for treatment. The launch of the site is the latest in the federal government’s attempts to curb the opioid epidemic — some 70,000 people in 2017 alone died from drug overdoses, mostly involving opioids.