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Philadelphia doubling down on medication-assisted treatment for opioid addicts

It was announced on Thursday that, by next year, individuals with opioid use disorder in Philadelphia will be able to access medication-assisted treatment (MAT) through any of the 80 residential drug treatment programs under contract with the city.

While some form of MAT has been available at most treatment facilities — about 65 percent to date — the city’s Behavioral Health Department has issued, and will enforce, a contract mandate to achieve 100 percent MAT availability by January 2020.

Residential programs that do not offer MAT by the beginning of next year will not have their provider agreement renewed, officials said.

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