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Officials expand medication-assisted treatment as they tackle opioid epidemic

As Philadelphia continues to struggle with the opioid epidemic, the behavioral health department has announced it will make medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, available to everyone who enters residential treatment.

There is no cure for opioid addiction, but there is medication.

Deputy Commissioner Roland Lamb says it makes no more sense to deny addicted people the medication than it would to withhold treatment for diabetes or high blood pressure.

“The fact is, this is the gold standard. It is what we have identified as a primary intervention when it comes to saving lives, when it comes to engaging people in treatment,” Lamb said.

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